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Reference no. 390-040-1
Authors: Colin Boyd (University of Saskatchewan)
Published in: 1990

Abstract

On 6th March 1987 the Herald of Free Enterprise, the pride of the Townsend Thoresen ferry fleet, sank outside the Belgian port of Zeebrugge with the loss of 188 lives. The ship had sailed with its bow doors open. This case provides a remarkable and chilling insight into the management of a firm experiencing a catastrophic disaster, utilising extracts from the judicial report of the investigation of the sinking. The (B) case raises the controversial issue of criminal prosecutions, and the degree to which the law should play a role in the definition of ethical corporate behaviour. This case is in widespread use in North America as a classic strategy/ social responsibility case and may be read with the (A) case (390-039-1).
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Medium-large
Other setting(s):
1987

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Abstract

On 6th March 1987 the Herald of Free Enterprise, the pride of the Townsend Thoresen ferry fleet, sank outside the Belgian port of Zeebrugge with the loss of 188 lives. The ship had sailed with its bow doors open. This case provides a remarkable and chilling insight into the management of a firm experiencing a catastrophic disaster, utilising extracts from the judicial report of the investigation of the sinking. The (B) case raises the controversial issue of criminal prosecutions, and the degree to which the law should play a role in the definition of ethical corporate behaviour. This case is in widespread use in North America as a classic strategy/ social responsibility case and may be read with the (A) case (390-039-1).

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Location:
Industry:
Size:
Medium-large
Other setting(s):
1987

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