Case | HBS Case Collection | May 1997

Donna Karan International Inc.

by Krishna G. Palepu and Sarayu Srinivasan

Abstract

Designer Donna Karan takes her firm public. After eager anticipation from Wall Street, the stock loses 60% of its value. This case addresses the questions: Is Karan's company ready to undertake responsibilities of being public? Is the company's strategy sustainable? What happened?

Keywords: Public Equity; Stock Shares; Financial Strategy; Corporate Accountability; Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact; Outcome or Result; Going Public; Business Strategy; Valuation; Fashion Industry;

Citation:

Palepu, Krishna G., and Sarayu Srinivasan. "Donna Karan International Inc." Harvard Business School Case 197-077, May 1997.