Case | HBS Case Collection | June 1990 (Revised August 1990)

Sun Microsystems, Inc.--1987 (A)

by Carliss Y. Baldwin


An integrated sequence of three cases on the financing of a technical workstation manufacturer. This case focuses on Sun's competitive strategy which requires an inordinately high rate of growth (over 20% per quarter) and commensurate amounts of working capital. Students are asked to evaluate the importance of access to capital for the company and decide whether Sun should rely on the public equity markets or seek funding from a corporate partner.

Keywords: Cash Flow; Competitive Strategy; Financing and Loans; Capital; Financial Strategy; Public Equity; Corporate Finance; Information Technology Industry;


Baldwin, Carliss Y. "Sun Microsystems, Inc.--1987 (A)." Harvard Business School Case 290-051, June 1990. (Revised August 1990.)