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Introduction

Matthew Gill

in Accountants' Truth: Knowledge and Ethics in the Financial World

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199547142
eISBN:
9780191720017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547142.003.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Corporate Governance and Accountability, Finance, Accounting, and Banking

Accountancy tends to capture the public imagination only when something goes spectacularly wrong. This chapter illustrates how such spectacles, rather than being isolated incidents, can be understood ... More


Reasons and Rationalizations: The Limits to Organizational Knowledge

Chris Argyris

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199268078
eISBN:
9780191699252
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268078.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Organization Studies, Strategy

What is the purpose of social science and management research? Do scholars/researchers have a responsibility to generate insights and knowledge that are of practical (implementable) value and ... More


American Oligarchy: The Permanent Political Class

Ron Formisano

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041273
eISBN:
9780252099878
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041273.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

Almost all studies of the nation’s extreme inequality of income and wealth have overlooked a critical, overarching cause of the creation of The New Gilded Age. The permanent political class has ... More


The Enron Scandal

Ronald N. Jacobs

in The Space of Opinion: Media Intellectuals and the Public Sphere

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199797929
eISBN:
9780199944170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797929.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Chapter 7 is an in-depth case-study of opinion narratives of the Enron scandal, beginning December 2001. It finds that while narratives of elite corruption dominated commentary about the scandal, ... More


The Power Structure

Donald Palmer

in Normal Organizational Wrongdoing: A Critical Analysis of Theories of Misconduct in and by Organizations

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199573592
eISBN:
9780191738715
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573592.003.0009
Subject:
Business and Management, Organization Studies, Corporate Governance and Accountability

This chapter presents the power structure explanation of organizational wrongdoing. This explanation is the third of five alternative accounts of wrongdoing considered in the book. It is rooted in a ... More


Concluding Remarks and Proposals for Action

EMILIOS AVGOULEAS

in The Mechanics and Regulation of Market Abuse: A Legal and Economic Analysis

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199244522
eISBN:
9780191715105
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244522.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Competition Law

This book offers a modern, analytical, and systematic study of market abuse that incorporates into the relevant discussion recent advancements in economic theory and legal and market developments. In ... More


Professional Fees in Corporate Bankruptcies: Data, Analysis, and Evaluation

Lynn M. LoPucki and Joseph W. Doherty

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195337723
eISBN:
9780199893942
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337723.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Company and Commercial Law

Bankrupt Enron paid well over a billion dollars in cash to bankruptcy lawyers, financial advisors, and other bankruptcy professionals. The managers of most bankrupt companies pay the professionals ... More


You Can’t Raffle Off a Dead Donkey: Newslore of Commerce

Russell Frank

in Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739282
eISBN:
9781604739299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739282.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

This chapter examines the newslore the sudden collapse of the Enron Corporation. It explains that the shameless profiteering of Enron executives confirmed some of the worst fears about corporate ... More


The Enron Scandal: Legal Reform and Investor Protection in the United States

in Law and Capitalism: What Corporate Crises Reveal about Legal Systems and Economic Development around the World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226525273
eISBN:
9780226525297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226525297.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Company and Commercial Law

This chapter discusses the collapse of Enron and its aftermath. Enron's breathtakingly rapid unravelling in 2001 threw a good deal of cold water on the perception that the United States had reached ... More


Ken Lay: Competition Betrayed

Jeremiah D. Lambert

in The Power Brokers: The Struggle to Shape and Control the Electric Power Industry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262029506
eISBN:
9780262330985
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029506.003.0005
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History

Joskow’s focus on energy markets was not solely an academic pursuit. It also animated certain leaders of the energy industry, including Ken Lay, an ambitious corporate empire builder who seized on ... More


Maharashtra and the Politics of Selective Rural Development

Sunila S. Kale

in Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Development

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804787963
eISBN:
9780804791021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804787963.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

This chapter analyzes the politics of electrification in Maharashtra, which provides the strongest example of how a politicized peasantry wielded the instruments of democratic institutions and an ... More


“The Follow-Through Is the Key”: Enron, Energy, and the Politics of Climate Change at the End of the Twentieth Century

Gavin Benke

in The President and American Capitalism Since 1945

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813056524
eISBN:
9780813053455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056524.003.0015
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Presidents took special interest in energy production and development, which had major implications for environmental protection, trade policy, and national security. This case study, involving ... More


Conclusion

Ron Formisano

in American Oligarchy: The Permanent Political Class

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041273
eISBN:
9780252099878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041273.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

America’s oligarchy is creating an aristocracy of inherited wealth.


Ensuring Corporate Misconduct: How Liability Insurance Undermines Shareholder Litigation

Tom Baker and Sean J. Griffith

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226035154
eISBN:
9780226035079
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226035079.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Company and Commercial Law

Shareholder litigation and class action suits play a key role in protecting investors and regulating big businesses. But Directors' and Officers' liability insurance shields corporations and their ... More


Laughing all the Way to the Bank: Enron, Humor, and Political Economy

Gavin Benke

in A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030062
eISBN:
9781617030079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030062.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines humor in the 2001 Enron scandal and argues that early critiques of big business served not only to undermine capitalist interest but also championed them during the presidency ... More


Law and Capitalism: What Corporate Crises Reveal about Legal Systems and Economic Development around the World

Curtis J. Milhaupt and Katharina Pistor

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226525273
eISBN:
9780226525297
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226525297.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Company and Commercial Law

Recent high-profile corporate scandals—such as those involving Enron in the United States, Yukos in Russia, and Livedoor in Japan—demonstrate challenges to legal regulation of business practices in ... More


The Old Is New Again: Securities Reform in the Twenty-First Century

Paul G. Mahoney

in Wasting a Crisis: Why Securities Regulation Fails

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226236513
eISBN:
9780226236650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226236650.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Legal History

Both the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, adopted in the wake of the Enron bankruptcy and tech stock collapse, and the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, enacted in response to the 2007-08 financial crisis, have ... More


Capitalism, Ethics, and the Financial Crash

David Callahan

in The Intellectual Origins of the Global Financial Crisis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823249602
eISBN:
9780823250752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249602.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

When people do bad things to make huge sums of money, the problem is usually not the moral failings of specific individuals as much as the distortions of an economy that offers outsized rewards to ... More


Introduction

in Law and Capitalism: What Corporate Crises Reveal about Legal Systems and Economic Development around the World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226525273
eISBN:
9780226525297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226525297.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Company and Commercial Law

This book offers a perspective on the relation between law and capitalism that generates answers quite different from the ones taken for granted in the economics literature and the policy world. Its ... More


How Optimism and Positive Thinking Can Limit Learning

D. Christopher Kayes

in Organizational Resilience: How Learning Sustains Organizations in Crisis, Disaster, and Breakdown

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199791057
eISBN:
9780190245351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791057.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Until the breakdown of Lehman Brothers in 2008, the single largest bankruptcy in history lay at the hands of a few overly optimistic executives at a company called Enron. Enron, one of the most ... More


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