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British Airways - Leadership and Change

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Case Code : HROA003
Case Length : 15 pages
Period : 1980 - 2003
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : British Airways
Industry : Aviation
Countries : UK, Europe

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Background Note

BA was one of the leading airways in the world. In 2002, BA recorded revenues of 8,340 million and a loss of 110 million and carried 40 million passengers...

Change Management at BA

King and Marshall
Before the arrival of Colin Marshall, BA had been inward focused, operations oriented, with little emphasis laid on customer service. This attitude had obviously led to several customer related problems. There was a total absence of a market orientation and little focus on profitability...

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Bob Ayling

While taking over as CEO in 1996, Ayling felt that the airline's main problem was complacency. Ayling told the board, "People have got to be open with each other, they've got to be challenging and professional, they've got to do what they say."...

Future Outlook

In early 2003, BA realized that its future depended on the ability to perform better than other players in an increasingly competitive market. The management believed that BA would be one of the most threatened airlines in the event of an Iraq war for two reasons. One, London continued to be a terrorist target...


Exhibit: I
Exhibit: II
Obstacles to Change as Perceived by BA Managers
Exhibit: III
BA: Responses to the Culture Change


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