It is clear to see the impact of making unethical decisions when in a position to affect the lives of so many innocent individuals. Another stakeholder was the other telecommunications firms in the market. This Debacle Could Have Been Stopped It is obvious that the Board of Directors that was in place when WorldCom was planting the seeds of its destruction could have stepped in and stopped this financial death spiral.
Another issue of key importance in this case is the lack of effective internal controls. Phase three training is targeted at all financial employees, and those at the director level or above. Some small investors may have lost a couple hundred or thousand dollars, while larger investors lost millions.
After the Worldcom collapse, one might wonder why people would intentionally do something that should have been clearly known had a fairly good chance of coming back to them. Unfortunately, Ebbers did not have the courage to tell Wall Street that WorldCom needed time for the consolidation and digestion of its acquisitions.
Waste Management Scandal Company: He attended Mississippi College, and graduated with a degree in physical education. So we have to act that way every day. He apparently took much advice from Jack Grubman, the Wall Street brains behind the short lived success of both Worldcom and Global Crossings.
Another stakeholder was the other telecommunications firms in the market. Also, what motives drove the individuals involved to commit these acts.
Accounting Misstatements WorldCom made major accounting misstatements that hid the increasingly perilous financial condition of the company. Underreported line costs by capitalizing rather than expensing and inflated revenues with fake accounting entries.
Ebbers sentenced to 25 years for fraud, conspiracy and filing false documents with regulators. Kept huge debts off balance sheets. This treatment of expenses has an affect on both the income statement and the balance sheet.
Enron Scandal Company: In reality they were turning up loses.WorldCom, now named MCI, recently emerged from bankruptcy protection after reporting accounting irregularities of $11 billion (Young, ). These accounting irregularities have resulted in many of WorldCom's previous executives being prosecuted on securities charges.
This article will summarize. WorldCom Ethical Scandal In the late ’s, WorldCom was a successful company and leader in the telecommunications world.
They had merged with MCI and the company was regarded for being innovative and growth hungry.
In Decembertwo years after this case was written, the telecommunications industry consolidated further. Verizon Communications acquired MCI/WorldCom and SBC Communications acquired AT&T Corporation, which had been in business since the 19th Century.
The acquisition of MCI/WorldCom. saw an unprecedented number of corporate scandals: Enron, Tyco, Global Crossing.
In many ways, WorldCom is just another case of failed corporate governance, accounting abuses, and outright greed.
But none of these other companies had senior executives as colorful and likable as Bernie Ebbers. Business Ethics And Worldcom This paper will explain the fraudulent accounting practices that led to the collapse of Worldcom.
Other objectives of this paper will be to demonstrate how these activities were able to go undetected. I think the main business ethical issue in the Worldcom case was the false reports and the idea that issues were held "secret" from the investors.Download