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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30155

Title: Information and Decision-making Processes Leading to Corporate Failure: Enron and Red Flags
Authors: Ali, Natasha
Advisor: Choo, Chun Wei
Department: Information Studies
Keywords: information processes
decision-making processes
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2011
Abstract: Enron is examined as a critical case study to understand the role of information in the Enron’s Board’s decision-making processes. Three major events in the Enron failure were analyzed in detail using thematic analysis. Three themes were identified regarding the communication and use of information in Enron: interdependency of authority relationships, information control, and decision protocol and policies that shaped the information that management sent to the Board during the approval process. The Board was dependent on advisors to provide approvals first, prior to Board approval. The relationships between advisors and management influenced the information sent to the Board and affected controls used to monitor deals. The Board maintained that they were unaware of red flags, such as warnings related to incomplete disclosures and conflict of interest issues. The Board received information for arrangements which required Board approval but it had limited access to information regarding Enron’s operations.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30155
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