Flying J: Governance through Crash and Takeoff

Kellogg School of Management Cases

ISSN: 2474-6568

Publication date: 20 January 2017


After students have analyzed the case they will be able to:

  • Determine governance issues in family-owned businesses

  • Identify the pursuit of growth as a typical cause of bankruptcy

  • Understand why cash flow accounting is more important than GAAP accounting

  • Grasp how huge variations can occur when calculating enterprise valuations of distressed businesses

  • Understand the differences among law, governance, and ethics



Shein, J. (2017), "Flying J: Governance through Crash and Takeoff", Kellogg School of Management Cases.

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