Sun Hung Kai: A Governance Crisis in a Family Firm
The case study documents an incident involving one of the world's largest family-owned, publicly traded firms. The case is set in Hong Kong, where Chinese, Western, and local cultures intermingle, affecting the way corruption is viewed and dealt with. It involves issues related to conflicts within a prominent family leading to a high-profile scandal, describing tensions between the desire to maintain family control over the firm and the need to maintain proper governance and transparency for financial markets, respond to social pressure from a society that deals aggressively with corruption, and deal with a criminal inquiry that could lead to years in prison. This was all happening while complex political issues simmered in the background.