Behaving Badly : Ethical Lessons from Enron

ISBN-10: 1598581600

ISBN-13: 9781598581607

Edition: 2006

Authors: Denis Collins

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Behaving Badly: Ethical Lessons from Enron puts the reader in the shoes of Enron executives through the journey of the once prominent and now infamous company. Enron began as a newly merged firm in 1985 with too much debt, rose on Wall Street during the 1990s, and collapsed in December 2001. This is the first book to treat Enron's financial problems as complex ethical issues managers may face daily - often without recognizing them as such. Key decisions are presented in real-time from several perspectives, including those of Lay, Skilling, Fastow, board members, auditors, lawyers, and investment bankers. The seemingly simple question readers are asked to consider is: What would you have done, had you been employed by, or doing business with, Enron? Readers can debate their answers with colleagues. Award winning business ethics professor Denis Collins also provides advice on creating and sustaining an ethical culture in any company, offering a decision-making tool and framework that managers can use to intentionally steer their company away from the road Enron traveled. Book jacket.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC
Binding: Perfect 
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Executive Overviewp. ix
The Authorp. xi
Forewordp. xii
Introductionp. xiv
Real-Time Decision-Makingp. 1
The Formation Years
Corporate Raiders: Early 1980sp. 2
If you were a Houston Natural Gas executive would you...
Ken Layp. 5
Another White Knight Opportunity: 1985p. 7
If you were Ken Lay would you...
Creating Enron: 1985 to late 1980sp. 10
Jeff Skillingp. 11
Salvation through the Gas Bank: 1990p. 14
If you were Ken Lay would you...
Enron's New vision: 1990 and 1991p. 17
If you were Ken Lay would you...
Incentivizing Skillingites: Early 1990sp. 20
Andy Fastow: 1990p. 22
The Growth Years
Using SPEs to Get Loans Off Enron's Balance Sheets: 1991p. 25
Mark-to-Market Accounting: 1991 and 1992p. 26
If you were Jeff Skilling would you...
International Expansion: Early 1990 through 1992p. 30
Cash Flow Problems: 1992p. 33
SPE Prepay Solutions: 1992 and 1993p. 35
If you were a Tier 1 investment banker would you...
Bailing Out Rebecca Mark: 1993 and 1994p. 39
Almost Everyone Is Happy: 1995 and 1996p. 43
Transferring Managerial Power: 1996 and 1997p. 45
If you were Ken Lay would you...
Entering California's Electricity Market: 1996 and 1997p. 48
If you were Michael Kopper would you...
Buying Out CalPERS: 1997p. 52
Checks and Balances: 1997p. 54
Conquering Checks and Balances: 1996 and 1997p. 55
If you were David Duncan would you...
Year-End Performance and Bailouts: Fourth Quarter 1997p. 60
The Turnaround: January through May 1998p. 61
Funding the World's Transformation with SPEs: 1998p. 63
Stock Price Success: 1998 and 1999p. 65
Riding the Bull Market: 1999p. 67
Buying Help from the LJMs: April through June 1999p. 68
If you were an Enron board member would you...
Andy Fastow as CFO of the Year: July through September 1999p. 73
More Complaints about Fastow: October 1999p. 75
Nigerian Barges for Sale: October through December 1999p. 77
If you were a Merrill Lynch investment banker would you...
A $40 Billion Banner Year: December 1999p. 80
Broadband Rollout: January 2000p. 81
The Southampton Place Arrangement: February and March 2000p. 83
The Raptors: April through July 2000p. 86
The Stock Price Summit: July and August 2000p. 89
If you were an Enron senior executive would you...
More Problems and Financial Schemes: September to December 2000p. 93
End of the Year Acclaims: December 2000p. 97
The Implosion Year
Skilling the CEO: January and February 2001p. 100
More Public Scrutiny: February and March 2001p. 103
The Broadband Collapse: March and April 2001p. 105
If you were a senior Arthur Andersen partner would you...
On Pace to be #1 on the Fortune 500 List: March and April 2001p. 109
Keeping Up Appearances: May and June 2001p. 110
If you were Andy Fastow would you...
Divesting from the LJMs: June and July 2001p. 115
Skilling Resigns: July and August 2001p. 116
Lay Learns about Fastow's Raptors: August 2001p. 119
If you were Ken Lay would you...
Wall Street Journal Investigation: August 2001p. 121
If you were Sherron Watkins would you...
Preparing to Meet with Lay about Fastow's Raptors: August 2001p. 124
If you were Sherron Watkins would you...
Meeting with Lay: August 2001p. 126
If you were Sherron Watkins would you...
Responding to Watkins: August 2001p. 128
If you were Ken Lay would you...
Public Reaction to Fastow's SPEs: August and September 2001p. 130
Preparing to Announce Third-Quarter Results: September and October 2001p. 132
If you were Ken Lay would you...
Restating Earnings: September and October 2001p. 135
If you were David Duncan would you...
Andersen's Documentation and Retention Policy: October 2001p. 137
The Third-Quarter Earnings Announcement: October 2001p. 139
If you were an Enron employee would you...
Media Frenzy: October 2001p. 142
If you were Ken Lay would you...
Redundant Documents: October 2001p. 145
If you were David Duncan would you...
Fastow's Departure: October 2001p. 146
If you were an investment banker would you...
Credit Problems: October 2001p. 149
Dynegy Merger: October and November 2001p. 149
If you were on Dynegy's secret negotiating committee would you...
Enron Acquired: November 2001p. 153
If you were an Enron investor would you...
The Hero Turned Enemy: November 2001p. 155
Out of Control: November 2001p. 157
Bankrupt: November and December 2001p. 158
If you were Ken Lay would you...
Waiting for a Phone Call: December 2001 and January 2002p. 161
Determining Punishmentsp. 162
If you were a federal judge would you...
What Could Have Been Done to Manage Ethical Performance?p. 167
An Honest Assessmentp. 169
A Moral Compassp. 171
Determining Economic Valuep. 173
Loyalty to an Unethical Bossp. 176
Dealing with Unethical Customersp. 180
Informing the Public about Financial Problemsp. 183
Seven Moral Leveesp. 185
Acknowledgmentsp. 192
Referencesp. 193
Indexp. 216
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