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Rolls-Royce:The Turnaround Challenge

Rolls-Royce:The Turnaround Challenge
Case Code: BSTR505
Case Length: 8 Pages
Period: 2014-2016
Pub Date: 2016
Teaching Note: Not Available
Price: Rs.400
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Industry: Aircraft Manufacturing
Countries: United Kingdom
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Abstract Case Introduction


Rolls-Royce, one of the largest aircraft engine manufacturers in the world had been growing consistently since the 1990s until 2014 and was perceived as one of the flagship companies of the UK. The company issued its first profit warning in a decade on February 13, 2014. The declining growth of the company since 2014 was blamed on slow defence spending, deteriorating global markets, the oil price crash and the failure of Rolls-Royce to slowing demand for its best selling engines. Warren East (East), appointed CEO of Rolls-Royce in July 2015, had been given a mandate by the management to turn the company around. By July 2016, East had implemented job cuts and dividend cuts as part of his turnaround plan. East faced the challenge to turnaround Rolls-Royce to growth trajectory as quickly as possible, persuade investors to trust his policies and convince the board members of the company to continue with his turnaround plan without splitting the company.


The case is structured to achieve the following teaching objectives:

  • Learn about challenges faced by aircraft manufacturing business of Rolls-Royce
  • Understand the challenges faced by Warren East, CEO of the company in the process of turning around the company
  • Analyze the factors that led to the downfall of the company after two decades of consistent growth
  • Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of diversification of the business for Rolls-Royce
  • Critically analyze the situation of the company prepare a note East to help him convince the board to avoid splitting of the company



Rolls-Royce, diversification, turnaround, profit warning, dividend cut, strategy, strategic review, cost cutting strategy, jet engine, wide body plane, defence spending, oil price, marine business

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