“I feel shattered. My soul aches. My stomach is queasy. My heart is in tatters.
Yours in total despair.”
Daniel O'Reagan (2001).”
This case revolves around what would normally have been a seemingly straightforward business decision. Instead, the events surrounding the reported closing of the Monteith's Brewery came to capture the New Zealand public's imagination and attention. Over a period of weeks in March 2001, it soon became clear that there was more at stake than simply the survival of a local brewery. The “Monteith's Affair,” as we shall call it, was to become the site, and catalyst, for an extensive discussion concerning the intersection of ‘good’ business practice, community and globalisation.