Shareholders of Dell would "lose badly" if the three-way takeover battle for the struggling personal computer maker results in Michael Dell losing control of the company he started out of his college dorm room nearly three decades ago, management expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld told CNBC on Monday.
"These creative geniuses make a difference," Yale's Sonnenfeld said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "This guy has to be part of the equation if the shareholders and customers are going to come out on top."
On Monday, a special committee of the Dell board confirmed that it's evaluating separate takeover proposals from Blackstone Group and billionaire investor Carl Icahn to decide whether either or both are likely to trump an existing $24.4 billion take-private deal led by Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake. (Read More: Dell Confirms Offers From Blackstone, Icahn)
Icahn has offered $15 per share for 58 percent of Dell, while Blackstone has proposed paying more than $14.25 per share. Both the Blackstone and Icahn proposals envision that a portion of Dell's stock will remain publicly traded. The take-private offer from Silver Lake has agreed to buy all of Dell for $13.65 per share.