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Satyam Computer Services Ltd.: Accounting Fraud in India

Barton, M., Bhutta, P., and O’Rourke, J.S. (Editor)
February 15, 2018
Asia - Pacific
Strategy & General Management, Accounting & Finance
12 pages
Corporate, Fraud, resignation, reputation, India
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On January 7, 2009, Ramalinga Raju resigned as chairman of Satyam Computer Services. This resignation came as a result of the largest corporate fraud in India’s history. Questions remain for Satyam executives about the company’s survival, as well as the reputational effect on PriceWaterhouseCoopers offices in India. 

Learning Outcomes: 
  1. To demonstrate the effects of business fraud on a company and its stakeholders;
  2. To highlight the possible implications that can befall an entire nation’s business credibility, when a major business of that country is engaged in improper business dealings;
  3. To provide an example of a catastrophic business event and how a business must struggle in order to remain sustainable;
  4. To illustrate the importance of critical communication during a major business fraud;
  5. To show how the external auditor of a publicly traded company can suffer major loss of reputation by being linked to a major corporate scandal.