Over the last few days, as the news around HP has unraveled I have asked myself a few times : if the incident had happened in March, would I have included it as a scenario in Chapter 20 of my book? That chapter is titled Ethics: In an Age of Cyberwar and Cloning.
The angles in the HP matter are many:
- Is the HP governance broken with 3 forced executive changes in 5 years?
- Why did the HP board take 5 weeks to make the decision to push Mark Hurd out?
- Was Hurd treated too harshly given the relative immateriality of the expenses misstatement (supposedly $ 20,000) compared to all the shareholder value he has delivered?
- Should it have given Hurd such a hefty severance?
- Was the sexual harassment charge merely a red herring?
- Should Larry Ellison of Oracle have jumped into the fray and publicly criticized the HP board?
- Given Ellison’s own colorful past what would his board have done in a similar situation?
Chapter 20 in the book has 8 perspectives from academics…