Summary of The Big Lie
Spying, Scandal, and Ethical Collapse at Hewlett-Packard
Copyright © 2010 by Anthony Bianco
Published by Public Affairs, a member of the Perseus Group LLC
For a microcosm of the way scandals unfold, slip inside Hewlett-Packard.
As corporate scandals go, Hewlett-Packard’s 2006 boardroom imbroglio hardly rises to the level of Enron. No one went to jail, and HP shares quickly recovered. Even so, journalist Anthony Bianco manages to spin an entertaining yarn from this tempest in a tech teapot. Bianco gained impressive access to the main players in the HP battle. He unearths a wealth of telling details, and he offers a contrarian analysis of the “Spygate” scandal, though readers might wonder why they should care about a long-forgotten blowup and whether the evidence supports Bianco’s strong criticism of then-CEO Mark Hurd (since replaced by Leo Apotheker). getAbstract recommends this book to readers seeking a cautionary tale about issues that remain relevant, from the dangers of toxic corporate climates to invasion of privacy.
In this summary, you will learn
- How Hewlett-Packard’s “Spygate” scandal unfolded
- How former Board of Directors head Patricia Dunn was unfairly scapegoated
- Why board contention is dangerous
- How HP violated directors’ and reporters’ privacy, and what happened next
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