We all learn from experience. This is to thank all of the organizations with which I have worked. Some I have worked with for days, others for years. But from all of them, I have learnt something. I hope they got something out of it as well.
This is the book I wish I had before I started myMBA
at the Harvard Business School.
I thought I would be adequately prepared for the
rigors facing me, as I was a CPA and had worked
for four years as a consultant at Arthur Andersen
in its Chicago, Singapore, and Hong Kong offices.
Nevertheless, and despite an undergraduate degree
in business, as I began my first year at Harvard, I
felt that I didn’t have the core building blocks to
take full advantage of the curriculum.
The publisher thanks the following individuals who provided time, expertise, and resources to help
make the Reporting Made Easy series possible.
Julie Beehler and John Huck (Anheuser-Busch, Inc.)
Ron Greenfield, David Jones, and Ben Matteson (Anthro Corporation)
Ann Zediker and Chuck Marx (Arthur Andersen, LLP)
Bruce Scott (BrightStar Information Technology Group, Inc.)
Amy Vorbeck (CCAi, Inc.)
Nancy White (Chevron Corporation)
Tom Eisenhart (Lucent Technologies, Inc.
Four major changes have taken place following these scandals. First, the
nature of the audit industry has changed. Three of the Big 4 audit firms have
either divested or publicly announced plans to divest their consulting businesses.
2 Second, Arthur Andersen, formerly one of the Big 5 audit firms, has
gone out of business. Third, in July 2002, President George W. Bush signed
the Sarbanes-Oxley Bill (also known as the Corporate Oversight Bill) into
law. This law imposes a number of corporate governance rules on all public
companies with stock traded in the United States.