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Due diligence: Plantation Shutters®, South Africa

Margie Sutherland (Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Hayley Pearson (Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Greg Fisher (Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA)

Publication date: 19 June 2017


Subject area

Company turnaround, General Management.

Study level/applicability

Executive education, MBA.

Case overview

This is a four-part case study in which the case of a company turnaround emerges as the students work through a series of decision-making processes. In teaching the case, the students would only be given Part A to begin with, about which they need to make decisions as to what they would do, as preparation for the first part of the lecture. After that has been discussed, they are provided with the second part which tells them what in fact happened in the situation and leads them to the next decision point, and so on. The case deals with an entrepreneur hearing about a business that has gone insolvent; it then tracks the process from investigating the small manufacturing and sales company through the various stages of its subsequent remarkable turnaround to the point where the protagonist was voted Entrepreneur of the Year in South Africa. It covers the period 2007 to 2012 and includes the annual financial statements.

Expected learning outcomes

Following are the expected learning outcomes: an understanding of the broad range of management competencies; an understanding of how to turnaround a small organisation; and to experience group-based decision-making.

Supplementary materials

Teaching notes are available for educators only. Please contact your library to gain login details or email to request teaching notes.

Subject code

CSS 11: Strategy.



Sutherland, M., Pearson, H. and Fisher, G. (2017), "Due diligence: Plantation Shutters®, South Africa", , Vol. 7 No. 2.



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