Archive: 2006 Business Ethics Forum
Five Years Later: Leadership Lessons from Enron and Andersen
November 1 - 3
Engaging students, faculty and business leaders in a discussion of major ethical issues and lessons learned from Enron and Andersen, from their rich history and tradition to their demise.
At the dawn of the 21st century Enron and Andersen were held up as model companies due to their phenomenal growth and impressive performance. Their leaders were lauded for their innovation and foresight. Both Enron and Andersen were high on lists of admired companies, and often quoted as having strong ethical values. But, as we have seen, these are cases of how strengths can turn into weaknesses. Simply put, the stories of Enron and Andersen describe how organizations that have risen to lofty heights can fall to unimaginable depths.