EADS: The Boardroom Battle at Europe's Aerospace Giant



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Code : GOV0020

Year :
2005

Industry : Aircrafts and Ship Building

Region : Europe

Teaching Note: Not Available

Structured Assignment : Not Available

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Abstract: European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company NV (EADS), Europe's largest and the world's second largest aerospace firm, has plans to venture into the US defence industry, which is dominated by US companies. Despite doing well on the business front, EADS is mired in a boardroom battle, which stems from its unique organisational structure. With the German and French shareholders failing to come to a consensus on the future management structure of EADS, many strategic decisions of the company have been put on hold.

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Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To highlight the failure of Reuters in facing competition
  • To discuss the changes initiated by Niall Fitzgerald to make the board competent to lead the company in the 21 st century

    Keywords :Global aerospace and defence business; Global commercial aircraft manufacturers; Strategic partnerships in the defence industry; European aerospace and defence manufacturers; Managing in Troubled Times Case Study; Ownership structure of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company NV (EADS); Relationships between principal shareholders of EADS; Voting rights at EADS board; Conflicting national interests at EADS board; Future business plans of EADS; Transnational ownerships and mergers; State ownership in European defence manufacturers; Multinational ownership and leadership struggles; Franco-German alliance in aerospace and defence manufacturing; Dual-command structure at EADS

    Contents :
    EADS: A Profile
    Ownership Structure at EADS
    Boardroom Battle at EADS


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