Enron, WorldCom, Andersen et al.:A challenge to modernity

Unerman, J. and O'Dwyer, B. (2004) Enron, WorldCom, Andersen et al.:A challenge to modernity. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 15 (6-7). pp. 971-993. ISSN 1045-2354

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This paper uses the lens of Anthony Giddens' theories regarding the mechanisms which sustain late-modernist societies [The Consequences of Modernity, Polity Press, Cambridge, 1990; Modernity and Self-Identity, Polity Press, Cambridge, 1991] to analyse the 2001 and 2002 accounting and audit failures at Enron, WorldCom and Andersen. Assessments of risk and trust play a central role in Giddens' model, and this paper traces an escalating withdrawal of trust in systems of audit and accounting, and related increased perceptions of risk in corporate investment instruments. It also analyses regulatory responses aimed at sustaining or regaining public trust, and argues that failure to sustain such trust risks compromising the continued momentum of late modernity and the interests of people who benefit from institutions of late modernity. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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