Olympus and the Whistleblower President
(7 pages of text)
The newly appointed president and chief operating officer of Olympus Corporation of Japan was called to an emergency board meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss governance issues regarding corporate mergers and acquisitions. However, it would be no ordinary meeting. Since assuming the role of president in April 2011, the president had discovered evidence of corporate fraud on a large scale. He had commissioned an external auditor report that showed a significant loss of shareholder value. His call for changes to be made to the Japanese board of directors had been met by resistance. How should he plan for the meeting? What could he expect? What position should he take? How should he influence decisions regarding the company’s immediate problems and its longer-term corporate governance?
- To provide insight into performance problems that arise as a result of closed boardrooms.
- To provide insight into corporate governance in Japan.
- To help students gain skills in analyzing corporate governance problems involving "competing capitalisms."
- To develop skills in providing direction for a company that has been involved in corporate fraud.
Japan, Large, 2011
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