Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2014 (Revised May 2014)

Tech Mahindra and the Acquisition of Satyam Computers (A)

by Srikant M. Datar, Anjali Raina and Namrata Arora

Abstract

Set in 2008, the case details Tech Mahindra, an information technology (IT) company within the Mahindra Group, an Indian multi-industry company with a diverse stable of businesses including automotives, farm equipment, and financial services, and its decision to acquire controlling stake in Satyam Computer Services Ltd. (Satyam), a troubled Indian IT company managed since January 2009 by a six-member government-appointed caretaker board. Anand Mahindra, Chairman and Managing Director of the Mahindra Group, saw the acquisition of Satyam as a strategic opportunity to move to the next level of growth. The acquisition would allow the Group to diversify across verticals, customers, and geographies, market a wide range of services to Satyam's strong customer base, and capitalize on common support systems in order to reduce operating costs and secure operational synergies. His brief to Vineet Nayyar—the vice chairman and managing director of Tech Mahindra and the vice chairman of Satyam—and C.P Gurnani—the CEO of Mahindra Satyam—was based on a set of clear principles: rectify the issues related to corporate governance; ensure an environment of trust where ethical conduct was valued; manage reputation risks by meeting customers and demonstrating the Mahindra Group's commitment; and restore faith within customers through newfound business models of delivery and engagements. As Nayyar reflected on Anand Mahindra's words, he wondered what series of business decisions he would have to make in order to retain the good elements, throw out the bad pieces, regain trust, and trigger change within the newly anointed Mahindra Satyam.

Keywords: India; South Asia;

Citation:

Datar, Srikant M., Anjali Raina, and Namrata Arora. "Tech Mahindra and the Acquisition of Satyam Computers (A)." Harvard Business School Case 114-049, January 2014. (Revised May 2014.)