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Understanding Enron: Why Smart Guys Do Stupid Things

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This clip from the documentary film The Smartest Guys in the Room, based on the best-selling book by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, examines the rise of Jeffrey Skilling, the CEO of Enron. Skilling is shown to be a brilliant but ruthless man who believed that he and Enron stood at the peak of a Darwinian food chain, justifying whatever action was necessary to keep them there.
Material Type: Presentation
Technical Format: Video
Date Added to MERLOT: July 06, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: January 20, 2014
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Submitter: Lisa Lewin
Keywords: greed, the selfish gene, arthur andersen, capital markets, ethics, motivation, accounting, executive communications, business, control systems, bethany mclean, financial management, enron, kenneth lay, asset pricing/valuation, performance, performance review, retention, jeffrey skilling, government, video, corporate finance, film, business communications, organizational behavior, leadership, mark to market accounting, sarbannes oxley, peter elkind, strategy, incentives, california electricity, financial strategy, compensation, teams, talent development, north america, corporate scandals, accounting fraud, tv, regulation, bankruptcy, finance, business law, auditing, richard dawkins, competition, governance

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Language: English
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Avatar for Kimberley Koonce
36 weeks ago

Kimberley Koonce (Manager)

From the documentary “The Smartest Guys in the Room”, this video clip captures the spirit of Enron’s CEO to the point of arousing emotions, making it easy to initiate discussions concerning organizational culture and ethics, especially as they pertain to leadership. (This is especially good for younger students that may not be as familiar with the Enron case.)

The website lists textbooks and related resources, along with learning objectives. It also includes discussion questions that can be used in both undergraduate and graduate level business classes.

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