• Archive for the ‘Food for Thought’ Category

    Journalists’ Obligations In The Shareholder Value Maximization Debate

    By • Jan 14th, 2015

    I wrote about two journalists who penned sympathetic stories about shareholders and other stakeholders who can’t get their voices heard but who, in service to shorter and simpler narratives, paid short shrift to the active and contentious debate about shareholder primacy and shareholder value maximization.



    Auditors Can Be Whistleblowers: A Guest Post On Recent Developments In Whistleblower Case Law

    By • Jan 5th, 2015

    Several recent developments regarding auditor whistleblowers should be of interest to internal and external auditors and compliance professionals, whether they work for a public company or a professional services provider.



    You’ll Never Eat Lunch… A Review of “This Town” By Mark Leibovich

    By • Aug 24th, 2014

    Mark Leibovich’s “This Town” is billed in the flap copy of the dust jacket as “a blistering, stunning —and often hysterically funny— examination of our ruling class’s incestuous ‘media industrial complex.’” Does anyone still eat lunch with him? In the new 24-7 news cycle, the half-life of any criticism of DC culture is about three days.



    Three Book Reviews: Naked Bankers, Mute Watchdogs, And Youthful Luchre

    By • May 12th, 2014

    Just in time for summer vacations, I’d like to offer for your consideration three books I’ve recently read.



    Guest Post From Eric Starkman: The “Unvarnished” Truth About General Motors

    By • Apr 6th, 2014

    GM is in trouble again and this time it’s worse than some weak internal controls or even a bankruptcy. Cost cutting may have discouraged the prompt replacement of faulty ignition switches now linked to at least 13 fatalities and the recall of 2.6 million vehicles. Are you still glad we bailed the company out?



    A Need for Transparency In Financial Staffing: A Guest Post From Dan Gaffney

    By • Mar 18th, 2014

    According to Freelancers Union, almost one-third of the American workforce is independent. That’s nearly 42 million people and growing. The staffing industry, which should support the wave of new freelancers, hasn’t adapted since William Russell Kelly founded the Russell Kelly Office Service in Detroit in 1946.



    Point-by-Point Case Comparison Of MF Global, Sentinel and PFG Best

    By • Feb 24th, 2014

    Here’s a breakdown of some of what’s the same and what’s different about these three cases.



    Are All Big Four Partners Evil Or Just Leadership? Pondering The Problem of Evil

    By • Feb 23rd, 2014

    How do professionals forget what’s right and wrong? Adolf Eichmann was a “new type of criminal, who is actually hostis generic humani . . . [and] commits his crimes under circumstances that make it well-nigh impossible for him to know or to feel that he is doing wrong.”



    Featured In Eric Jackson’s 2014 “Sleeper” Tips And Trends At Forbes

    By • Jan 7th, 2014

    I’ve been a part of Eric Jackson’s annual “picks” post for Forbes for the last few years. Take a look at my “sleeper ideas” for 2014.



    Niblets

    By • Dec 18th, 2013

    Stories that get stuck in your teeth.