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Case
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Reference no. IMD-1-0214-ES
Spanish language
Published by: Institute for Management Development (IMD)
Originally published in: 2006
Version: 10.02.2006
Length: 33 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

This is a Spanish translation of the case ''IMD-1-0214''. WorldCom was a product of deregulation of the telecoms industry; in less than 20 years it had become America''s 2nd largest long-distance carrier and the world''s largest Internet carrier. Driven by Ebbers and Sullivan (WorldComs''s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer), its acquisition-fuelled growth was financed by an ever-rising share price. A complacent board rubber-stamped Ebbers'' decisions and even allowed him to borrow more than $400 million of company funds with very limited security. Finding it difficult, especially after the collapse of the Internet boom, to sustain the market''s expectations of growth, WorldCom started to manipulate its figures. Internal auditors eventually uncovered the $11 billion fraud triggering America''s biggest bankruptcy.
Location:
Size:
USD35 billion 2001 revenues
Other setting(s):
2002

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Abstract

This is a Spanish translation of the case ''IMD-1-0214''. WorldCom was a product of deregulation of the telecoms industry; in less than 20 years it had become America''s 2nd largest long-distance carrier and the world''s largest Internet carrier. Driven by Ebbers and Sullivan (WorldComs''s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer), its acquisition-fuelled growth was financed by an ever-rising share price. A complacent board rubber-stamped Ebbers'' decisions and even allowed him to borrow more than $400 million of company funds with very limited security. Finding it difficult, especially after the collapse of the Internet boom, to sustain the market''s expectations of growth, WorldCom started to manipulate its figures. Internal auditors eventually uncovered the $11 billion fraud triggering America''s biggest bankruptcy.

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Location:
Size:
USD35 billion 2001 revenues
Other setting(s):
2002

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