Whistleblowers - The New Corporate Conscience Keepers?



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Code : GOV0002

Year :
2004

Industry : Business Law, Governance and Ethics

Region : USA

Teaching Note:Available

Structured Assignment :Available

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Abstract: Among those instrumental in the exposure of corporate scandals like Enron and Tyco, were whistleblowers like Sherron Watkins.

Time magazine's selection of three women whistleblowers as 'Persons of the Year' in 2002 brought into fore several lesser-known cases of whistleblowing.

While the media made heroes of these men and women, most of them had to pay a heavy price for standing out of the pack. The case illustrates three cases of whistleblowing: Sherron Watkins of Enron, Russel Hayes of CMC and Barron Stone of Duke Energy Corp.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To discuss the role of whistleblowers in unearthing scandals and consequences faced by whistleblowers
  • To discuss the effectiveness of the provisions for whistleblower protection as envisaged in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act passed in 2002
  • To discuss whether companies can prevent instances of bad corporate governance by encouraging employees to voice their opinions.

    Keywords : Corporate Governance Case Study, Whistleblowers, Sherron Watkins, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Barron Stone, Russel Hayes, Jeffrey Wigand, Michael Dell, Charles Grassley, Patrick Leahy, Michael Kohn, Qui Tam, Fred Alford

    Contents :
    » The Whistleblowers
    » Sherron Watkins of Enron
    » Russel Hayes of Canadian Marconi Co
    » Barron Stone of Duke Energy Corp


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