Managing Expectations and Stakeholders: Harsh Ahuja’s Family Dilemma


The case deals with an entrepreneur, Harsh Ahuja, who is faced with a dilemma when his daughter, Aarti, informs him that she wants a divorce. Her husband, Arjun, is the CEO in Harsh’s company and plays a very important role, including spearheading some proposed expansion plans. He was appointed as an alternative to Harsh’s son, Deepak, who had not yet been able to make his mark in business. During the conversation, Aarti blurts out that Deepak is involved with Rupal, his marketing director, and they plan to get married. Students have to consider the personal and professional issues in this family business and decide the roles that family members play, and weigh up the decision that Harsh has to make to satisfy all the stakeholders.

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