In 1996, U.S. Surgical propelled an unfriendly takeover offer against Circon Corp. In the wake of building the organization for a long time, CEO Richard Auhll takes a cautious stand that incorporates welcoming an old HBS companion (George Cloutier) to join the battle as a chief of Circon. A toxin pill and a stunned board serve as essential resistance measures, prompting the longest-running takeover fight in U.S. corporate history. Issues of dedication to a companion, official impetuses, official entrenchment, and obligation to shareholders crash as Cloutier acknowledges urgent corporate administration choices must be made.
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