The World Wrestling Federation (A): Vince McMahon vs. Bret the Hitman Hart

Published 01 Dec 2000
Reference 4920
Industry Entertainment Sports
Region Other Regions
Summary

Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation faces a serious threat to survival from the deep pockets of media mogul Ted Turner and Time-Warner, Inc. McMahon must tackle management, business, and ethics challenges when Turner tries to lure the WWF's top star, Bret the Hitman Hart, away from the WWF.

Teaching objectives

This case highlights many important management issues including charismatic and transformational leadership, management ethics and integrity, the importance of innovation in entrepreneurship, the role of motivation in privately owned family business, and the debate over whether it is management or talent that drives a company's success.

Keywords
  • Charismatic leadership
  • Management ethics
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family business