Final Accounting Ambition, Greed and the Fall of Arthur Andersen

ISBN-10: 0767913833

ISBN-13: 9780767913836

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Description: A withering exposé of the unethical practices that triggered the indictment and collapse of the legendary accounting firm. Arthur Andersen's conviction on obstruction of justice charges related to the Enron debacle spelled the abrupt end of the 88-year-old accounting firm. Until recently, the venerable firm had been regarded as the accounting profession's conscience. In Final Accounting, Barbara Ley Toffler, former Andersen partner-in-charge of Andersen's Ethics & Responsible Business Practices consulting services, reveals that the symptoms of Andersen's fatal disease were evident long before Enron. Drawing on her expertise as a social scientist and her experience as an Andersen insider, Toffler chronicles how a culture of arrogance and greed infected her company and led to enormous lapses in judgment among her peers. Final Accounting exposes the slow deterioration of values that led not only to Enron but also to the earlier financial scandals of other Andersen clients, including Sunbeam and Waste Management, and illustrates the practices that paved the way for the accounting fiascos at WorldCom and other major companies. Chronicling the inner workings of Andersen at the height of its success, Toffler reveals "the making of an Android," the peculiar process of employee indoctrination into the Andersen culture; how Androids—both accountants and consultants--lived the mantra "keep the client happy"; and how internal infighting and "billing your brains out" rather than quality work became the all-important goals. Toffler was in a position to know when something was wrong. In her earlier role as ethics consultant, she worked with over 60 major companies and was an internationally renowned expert at spotting and correcting ethical lapses. Toffler traces the roots of Andersen's ethical missteps, and shows the gradual decay of a once-proud culture. Uniquely qualified to discuss the personalities and principles behind one of the greatest shake-ups in United States history, Toffler delivers a chilling report with important ramifications for CEOs and individual investors alike. From the Hardcover edition.

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List price: $15.99
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/13/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Formerly the Partner-in-Charge of Ethics and Responsible Business Practices consulting services for Arthur Andersen,BARBARA LEY TOFFLERwas on the faculty of the Harvard Business School and now teaches at Columbia University's Business School. She is considered one of the nation's leading experts on management ethics, and has written extensively on the subject and has consulted to over sixty Fortune 500 companies. She lives in the New York area. Winner of a Deadline Club award for Best Business Reporting,JENNIFER REINGOLDhas served as management editor atBusiness Weekand senior writer atFast Company. She writes for national publications such asThe New York Times, IncandWorthand co-authored theBusiness WeekGuide to the Best Business Schools(McGraw-Hill, 1999). From the Hardcover edition.

The Andersen Way
The Making of an Android
The Cult in Culture
Cain and Abel Andersen
Billing Our Brains Out
Lord of the Flies
Arthur the Terrible
The Cobbler's Children
The Fall of the House of Andersen
Other People's Money
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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