The Cult Of Astra

When does a company become a cult? A six-month investigation by BUSINESS WEEK into Astra USA Inc., the American arm of Swedish pharmaceutical company Astra, reveals that the transition can occur when a corporate culture gets hijacked at the top. A bizarre case of abuse of power appears to have taken place at Astra, where a 15-year pattern of sexual harassment emanated from the president's office and worked its way down through the organization. On Apr. 29, the president was suspended by the Swedish parent just days before BUSINESS WEEK went to press with the story.

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