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Joint ventures strategic alliances
Case Length : 15 Pages
Period : 1997 - 2002
Pub. Date : 2002
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Arthur Anderson, US DOJ
Industry : Financial Services
Countries : USA


The case examines the emergence of Arthur Andersen as one of the leading auditing and consulting firms in the world, on the basis of its emphasis on integrity and ethics in business. The case explains the factors that led to deterioration in the firm's culture during the 1990s. It examines Andersen's role in accounting fraud at Enron, one of its major clients. The case also examines the criminal charges faced by the firm in the Enron case and how the Enron case eventually led to the closure of Andersen. The unethical practices of audit firms in the 1990s are also discussed. The case also takes a look at the various initiatives taken by the government and other regulatory authorities, such as SEC and AICPA, to restore the trust of investors in corporate firms and audit firms in the US.

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Grace to Disgrace 1
Background Note 2
The Fall - Was Andersen Guilty? 4
The Fall - Nailing Andersen 5
The Debate on the Role of Auditors 7
The Aftermath 9
Exhibits 11


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