Inside Arthur Andersen: Shifting Values, Unexpected Consequences
Susan E. Squires, Cynthia Smith, Lorna McDougall, William R. YeackISBN: 0131408968;
Preface The fall of Arthur Andersen-;one of the five largest accounting firms in the world-;was as much a shock to its 85,000 worldwide employees as it was to the business community and the general public. Except for the Enron engagement team, those inside the global firm knew little about its association with Enron. Most first learned from the media of the Andersen felony indictment for obstructing a federal investigation. Even then, it was inconceivable to most Andersen employees that the entire firm, with offices all over the world, could be affected so profoundly. Within days, desks were being packed, families relocated, whole offices parcelled off. Everyone was left looking back at what had been. The story is poignant, not just because it affected the lives of those inside but because it has a message for businesses today in all sectors. The changes inside and outside the firm that led to actions so out of character for the company's founder, Arthur E. Andersen, are changes that...
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