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The unaccountable & ungovernable corporation : companies' use-by-date closes in

Author: Frank L Clarke; G W Dean; Matthew Egan
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The corporation is a major vehicle of business activity worldwide. It incurs social costs and generates benefits that continually change - hence, whether it still provides a net benefit to society is contestable. Evidence-based observations of the last decade of corporate sagas and the role of accounting and auditing suggest that a serious rethink is needed about how commerce is pursued and, in particular, whether  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank L Clarke; G W Dean; Matthew Egan
ISBN: 9780415719124 0415719127 9780415719148 0415719143
OCLC Number: 856518413
Description: xiii, 177 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Corporations: soulless, heartless creations? --
2. Ethos abandoned --
heritage lost: recovering true and fair --
3. Regulation misplaced --
4. Mission impossible: auditors on the rack --
5. Executive snouts in the trough --
6. Group accounting shenanigans.
Other Titles: Unaccountable and ungovernable corporation
Responsibility: Frank Clarke, Graeme Dean and Matthew Egan.

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The corporation is a major vehicle of business activity worldwide. It incurs social costs and generates benefits that continually change - hence, whether it still provides a net benefit to society is contestable. Evidence-based observations of the last decade of corporate sagas and the role of accounting and auditing suggest that a serious rethink is needed about how commerce is pursued and, in particular, whether the current corporate form has passed its use-by-date. The authors of this new book - including internationally renowned accounting scholars - argue that the two major governance tools of accounting and auditing require major makeovers. Beginning by analyzing the global sweep of deregulation that corporations have experienced since 2000, the authors go on to discuss the various scandals and crises that characterized the subsequent period, culminating in yet more calls for further deregulation. Having thoroughly assessed the status quo, they provide a series of urgent recommendations for reforms designed to bring the corporation back to the real world and restore its purpose. -- from back cover.
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Well written and presents the main features of corporate deviances, particularly in the areas of management misbehavior, accounting irregularities, financial statements' misrepresentations, and Read more...

 
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