Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the demise of Enron, one of the most curious aspects of which was that on the surface it appeared to be thriving, giving no one any cause to question the company's governance structures. Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides a detailed analysis of the composition of Enron's board of directors, demonstrating how directly observable traits are not the sole determinants of effective corporate governance. Findings – The paper finds that collectively, the board's qualifications are less overt, and even more elusive are the ethics and morals that drive the governance process. Originality/value – This case illustrates how ethics and morals are necessary, but that none is sufficient, to deter poor governance, and also underscores the far‐reaching impact of Enron's moral deficiencies.
Corporate Governance – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2005
Keywords: Business ethics; Board of directors; Conflict management; Corporate governance