Business Research Corp. (B)
Contains a description of a set of related decisions confronting the management and directors of Business Research Corp. (BRC) in April of 1984. BRC needs more capital to finance continued development of the market for a full-text database comprised of Wall Street research and to finance a new business opportunity entailing electronic delivery of Wall Street research to institutional investors. However, in order to attract new money, the capital structure of the company must be changed. The pedagogic objectives in the case include: exposing students to the consequences of certain early stage financing decisions; raising the issue of conflict of interest among various stakeholders; and exposing students to the necessity for convergent iteration and flexibility in business plans.