Case | HBS Case Collection | February 1999 (Revised June 1999)

Transformation of Pratt & Whitney North Haven (Abridged)

by H. Kent Bowen, Jeffrey L. Bradach, Linda A. Hill and Kristin Doughty


Business unit manager Tom Hutton has empowered a group of hourly workers to purchase grit blast equipment for two cells. The capital purchase decision runs into some problems when the two cells fail to reach an agreement on which equipment to purchase. A rewritten version of two earlier cases.

Keywords: Business Units; Decision Making; Labor; Managerial Roles; Failure; Problems and Challenges; Power and Influence; Hardware;


Bowen, H. Kent, Jeffrey L. Bradach, Linda A. Hill, and Kristin Doughty. "Transformation of Pratt & Whitney North Haven (Abridged) ." Harvard Business School Case 499-050, February 1999. (Revised June 1999.)