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Corporate Governance Issues at Satyam Computers

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Case Code : BECG094
Case Length : 18 Pages
Period : 2008-2009
Pub Date : 2009
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Satyam Computer Services Ltd.
Industry : Information Technology/ Software Services
Countries : India

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What was the Board Doing?

The issue of Maytas' aborted acquisition and the subsequent disclosure of financial irregularities in Satyam cast a shadow on the role played by the independent directors at Satyam...

The Board's Limitations

Some corporate governance experts pointed out that though the independent directors were responsible for good governance in companies, they themselves relied mostly on the information presented to them by the management, and that it was not possible for them to investigate such accounting frauds...

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The Aftermath

The Satyam fiasco was expected to have an adverse impact on the image of IT services companies in India, as it was the fourth largest company in the industry. Anand Mahindra, Vice-chairman and MD, Mahindra Group, said, "This development has resulted in incalculable and unjustifiable damage to Brand India and Brand IT in particular. What is especially ironic is that Satyam was started by entrepreneurs who have served as role models for an entire generation of young Indians."...


Exhibit I: Satyam Computer Services - Financial Results

Exhibit II: Satyam Computer Services - Balance Sheets

Exhibit III: Committees under the Board of Directors at Satyam

Exhibit IV: Satyam Computers - Stock Price Chart (March 2008 - March 2009)

Exhibit V: How Satyam Inflated Profits?

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