The K-Dow Petrochemicals Joint Venture

Posted: 4 Feb 2012

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Guhan Subramanian

Harvard Business School

James K. Sebenius

HBS Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit

Phillip Andrews

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Rhea Ghosh

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Date Written: October 3, 2011

Abstract

In 2007, the Dow Chemical Company and the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation announced plans to launch a multibillion-dollar joint venture. Later known as K-Dow Petrochemicals, it would be one of the largest manufacturers of chemicals and plastics in the world. Analysts widely hailed the planned joint venture as a game-changing deal for both companies. Shortly after the announcement, cable network CNBC requested an interview with Andrew Liveris, Dow's CEO, about this massive transaction. Liveris needed to decide how to respond. This case provides a brief background on the industry, both companies, and plans for the joint venture as of January 2008.

Learning Objective: To provide background of a major, large, international joint venture deal.

Suggested Citation

Subramanian, Guhan and Sebenius, James K. and Andrews, Phillip and Ghosh, Rhea, The K-Dow Petrochemicals Joint Venture (October 3, 2011). Harvard Business School NOM Unit Case No. 912-002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1998273

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James K. Sebenius

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Phillip Andrews

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Rhea Ghosh

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

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Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

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