Who's afraid of the dark? Transpower New Zealand, Ltd

Luke, Belinda G., Kearings, Kate and Verreynne, Martie-Louise (2010) Who's afraid of the dark? Transpower New Zealand, Ltd. Business Case Journal, 17 2: 84-97.

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Author Luke, Belinda G.
Kearings, Kate
Verreynne, Martie-Louise
Title Who's afraid of the dark? Transpower New Zealand, Ltd
Journal name Business Case Journal
ISSN 1937-8459
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 84
End page 97
Total pages 14
Place of publication Thibodaux, CA, United States
Publisher The Society for Case Research
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
On 12 June 2006, the lights went out in New Zealand’s largest city and major commercial centre, Auckland. Business was disrupted and many thousands of people inconvenienced. The unscheduled power cut was the latest in a series of electric power problems in New Zealand over the past decade. Attention turned to state-owned enterprise [SOE] Transpower, which was in charge of maintaining and developing New Zealand’s national electricity grid. The problem of 12 June was traced to two shackles in poor condition, small but essential parts of the electricity grid infrastructure. Closer examination of New Zealand’s electricity sector indicated these shackles were merely the tip of a power supply iceberg. Transpower’s Chief Executive, Ralph Craven, was now answerable to the Prime Minister for the issues creating the problems, and a workable solution to fix them. Transpower Chief Executive Ralph Craven needed to produce answers that went well beyond the problem of the two faulty shackles. The power crisis had brought to the fore wider issues of roles, responsibilities, and expectations in relation to the supply of electric power in New Zealand. Transpower was contending with these issues on a daily basis; however, the incident on 12 June publicly highlighted the urgent need for solutions that served the stakeholders in this critical industry.
Copyright 2010 by the Society for Case Research.
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