Introduction Arthur Andersen was a very hard working individual and created his accounting firm in this image. It was focused on hard working and quality individuals who excelled at their jobs.
Revenue per year in million U. Andersen began working as a mail boy by day and attended school at night, eventually being hired as the assistant to the comptroller of Allis-Chalmers in Chicago.
Inafter attending courses at night while working full-time, he graduated from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in business. Andersen had an unwavering faith in education as the basis upon which the new profession of accounting should be developed.
He created the profession's first centralized training program and believed in training during normal working hours. He was generous in his commitment to aiding educational, civic and charitable organizations.
Inhe was elected to the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University and served as its president from to He was also chairman of the board of certified public accountant examiners of Illinois. Reputation[ edit ] Andersen, who headed the firm until his death inwas a zealous supporter of high standards in the accounting industry.
A stickler for honesty, he argued that accountants' responsibility was to investors, not their clients' management. During the early years, it is reputed that Andersen was approached by an executive from a local rail utility to sign off on accounts containing flawed accounting, or else face the loss of a major client.
Andersen refused in no uncertain terms, replying that there was "not enough money in the city of Chicago" to make him do it. For many years, Andersen's motto was "Think straight, talk straight.
Being among the first to identify a possible sub-prime bust, Arthur Andersen dissociated itself from a number of clients in the s. Later, with the emergence of stock options as a form of compensation, Arthur Andersen was the first of the major accountancy firms to propose to the FASB that stock options should be included on expense reports, thus impacting on net profit just as cash compensation would.
By the s, standards throughout the industry fell as accountancy firms struggled to balance their commitment to audit independence against the desire to grow their burgeoning consultancy practices. Having established a reputation for IT consultancy in the s, Arthur Andersen was no exception.
The firm rapidly expanded its consultancy practice to the point where the bulk of its revenues were derived from such engagements, while audit partners were continually encouraged to seek out opportunities for consulting fees from existing audit clients.
By the lates, Arthur Andersen had succeeded in tripling the per-share revenues of its partners. Predictably, Arthur Andersen struggled to balance the need to maintain its faithfulness to accounting standards with its clients' desire to maximize profits, particularly in the era of quarterly earnings reports.
This disproportionate growth, and the consulting division partners' belief that they were not garnering their fair share of firm profits, created increasing friction between the two divisions. Arthur Andersen increased its use of accounting services as a springboard to sign up clients for Andersen Consulting's more lucrative business.
The two businesses spent most of the s in a bitter dispute.
Andersen Consulting saw a huge surge in profits during the decade. The consultants, however, continued to resent transfer payments they were required to make to Arthur Andersen.There is one major issue in Arthur Andersen, obstruction of justice, and two major issues in Skilling.
The paper must also include an ethical analysis. Use chapter 7 of the text as a starting point for the ethics discussion, for the ethical tests and theories.
Arthur Andersen Case Studies in Business Ethics. During the period Arthur Andersen funded a $5 million joint project with universities to raise awareness of ethical issues in business.
This collection of 90 case studies is one product of that effort. Jan 16, · Arthur Andersen accounting firm dismisses David B Duncan, partner in charge of auditing Enron Corp, saying he ordered destruction of thousands of documents and e-mail messages on Oct 23 after.
At "Andersen U.," the lush, acre campus where Arthur Andersen LLP has trained tens of thousands of new recruits, there's a shrine to ethical accounting.
A display in the Andersen Heritage. Describe the legal and ethical issues surrounding Andersen’s auditing of companies accused of accounting improprieties The largest bankruptcy of a non-profit organization,the investors of Baptist Foundation of Arizona sued Andersen which served as the auditor for $ million for issuing false and misleading approvals of BFA financial statements and also lost $ million donor funds.
Nov 17, · Arthur Andersen: The Rise and Fall. Posted on November 17, However, there were issues in Andersen’s promotional process in regards to consulting. Ethical Lapse.
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