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Greed and Corporate Failure
The Lessons from Recent Disasters
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
21 Apr 2006
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9781403986368
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This book is for anyone who wants to know what truly lies behind the scandals and disasters of global business which marred the first few years of the 21st century. It examines why companies fail, finding the reasons few, yet all too common. It also explores what the prudent investor, board member or manager should be alert to but often is not.


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This book is for anyone who wants to know what truly lies behind the scandals and disasters of global business which marred the first few years of the 21st century. It examines why companies fail, finding the reasons few, yet all too common. It also explores what the prudent investor, board member or manager should be alert to but often is not.


Reviews

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2006

'Stewart Hamilton and Alicia Micklethwait provide the most comprehensive view yet of the many corporate failures that occurred in the early twenty-first century. Written in clear and concise prose, Greed and Corporate Failure illuminates the root causes of the problems faced by corporations on both sides of the Atlantic. With candour, precise logic, and uncommon pragmatism, the authors give the reader a practical set of recommendations to prevent their recurrence. It is a 'must read' book!' - Bill George, Author of Authentic Leadership and former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic

'Anyone interested in value creation - whether management or investor - will find this analysis of failure deeply instructive. Sustained success comes from avoiding the causes of failure that Hamilton and Micklethwait identify.' - Donald H. Brydon, CBE, Chairman of AXA Investment Managers, Smiths Group plc and the London Metal Exchange

'Hamilton and Micklethwait take a cool and sceptical approach to the stories of Enron, Parmalat, Tyco, and other corporate disasters. This is the first time we have seen such a convincing yet fascinating explanation of what lies behind the latest crisis of capitalism. This is an authoritative analysis which deserves to be read by all those interested in knowing how businesses go wrong.' - Joanna James, Managing Director, Advent International

'By sharing some of the lessons and challenges of Greed and Corporate Failure, the authors help develop one of the most regarded leadership skills - that of 'seeing reality in the eye'. It will spark useful thoughts to what is needed not to repeat some of the mistakes of the past.' - Paul Polman, CFO, Nestlé SA

'At last, a book that analyses the corporate failures of recent years and draws general conclusions. We learn that accounting irregularities are often a result of, not the root cause of, failure which usually stems from corporate cultural weakness. Stewart Hamilton and Alicia Micklethwait have managed to produce a serious academic analysis as a rattling good read. Board rooms around the world should have this book as prescribed reading.' - Sir Robert Smith, Chairman, Scottish and Southern Energy plc and The Weir Group plc

'Would you like to know why so many firms with household names have gone under? Read this book. The businesses are very different but the answers are remarkably similar and not what you probably thought. It is not a technical book and the authors have the courage not to pull any punches. Enjoy it.' - Stuart Wheeler, Founder and retired Managing Director of IG Index

'A most thought provoking review of a very topical subject. A must for professionals and for all investors. I commend this book, particularly to students who intend to make a career in the business world' - Christopher Reeves, former Chairman, Merrill Lynch Europe, Middle East and Africa.



'The authors...have produced a readable and authoritative account of corporate failure and its causes. It will be an excellent addition to the bookshelf of anyone who wishes to understand the root causes of corporate decline and failure.' - Edge Magazine


Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Barings and Allied Irish Bank: Lessons Ignored
Enron: Paper Profits, Cash Losses
WorldCom: Disconnected
Tyco: Greed, Hubris and the $6000 Shower Curtain
Marconi: Establishment to Wunderkind to Basketcase
Swissair: Crashed and Burned
Royal Ahold: Shopped till he Dropped
Parmalat: Milking the System
Conclusions
Epilogue
List of Abbreviations
Glossary
Index


Authors

STEWART HAMILTON has been Professor of Accounting and Finance at IMD, Switzerland since 1981. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, UK, he is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, of Alberta and of Ontario. Formerly a senior partner of a UK national accounting firm, he has extensive consulting experience with a wide range of major European companies. He has contributed to many books and other publications and has written prize winning cases on the failures of Barings and Enron.

ALICIA MICKLETHWAIT is a Graduate of the University of Oxford, a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has an MBA from IMD. She has held accounting and commercial positions in industry and worked as a member of the acquisition and internal audit team of an American owned multinational. She co-wrote the prize winning case study of the collapse of Barings Bank.