Satyam Cosmic Fail demotivational poster (thumbnail)

Click thumbnail to view original, then click again to view full size. The text is worth a closer look.

What a tragic irony!

In case you haven’t heard, Satyam was the fourth-largest IT outsourcing company in India, with 55,000 employees (or so they claimed). The CEO, Ramalinga Raju, recently resigned after admitting massive financial fraud. As of this writing, the company is almost out of cash.

Here we go again…

Satyam has done business with companies and governments in over 60 countries, including the U.S. This scandal appears to be even larger in scope than the Enron/Arthur Andersen scandal of late 2001. Price Waterhouse, the Indian subsidiary of PricewaterhouseCoopers, is facing close scrutiny over having signed off on Satyam’s audits.

Obviously, the much-touted Sarbanes-Oxley law enacted after the Enron/Arthur Andersen debacle did nothing to prevent the recent collapse of the U.S. real estate, stock market, and financial sector. The take-home lesson is that once any corporation becomes multinational in scope, and politically well-connected, no laws, no regulations, no bureaucratic restructuring can possibly keep it honest if its management chooses to do otherwise.

Another reason why outsourcing is wrong

Outsourcing and offshoring are always and everywhere the enemies of accountability. The further away one’s trading partners are located, the harder it is to comprehend what they are up to, and that will never change.

Why corporate cheating is contagious

Whenever one major company in an industry has been “cooking the books” to promote or exaggerate its own success, what effect do you suppose that has? Think about it! Every other executive, every other company in that industry will be pressured to match or exceed the cheater’s inflated results, by fair means or foul, or face the wrath of board members and stockholders.

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Perhaps some of this would be funny if it were not so sad.

Note: The screen capture was taken by 1389AD from, shortly after the announcement. The pixelated area was blurred in the original.

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1 Ankur January 17, 2009 at 1:27 am

this is not only about Satyam,
but there are numerous companies who show there balanced sheet fake
because as the huge amount of salary are given to employee for the name of packages as well as the huge amount of increments halfyearly or annualy according to me if the increment is limited or fixed or in some proportion i thing that more profit occurs as less inivent in manpower.
according to me more than 50% of employee in any companies are getting higher packges and increments just of only experiance not by work.
thats it thanks.

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