Discussions
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    Resolving Ethical Business Challenges: Gerard

    Read “Resolving Ethical Business Challenges” in Chapter 7 of your text, and then address the following points. Support your response with evidence from the text.
        Identify the ethical and legal issues of which Gerard needs to be aware.
        Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each decision Gerard has made and could make.
        Discuss the issues of accounting firms going into the financial services market.
        Discuss the types of groups that are influencing Gerard.

    Guided Response:
    Review several of your classmates’ postings. Respond to at least two classmates by sharing how you might decide to move forward if you were Gerard. Support your decision with evidence from the text or other external sources.
    Federal Compliance Law

    Listen to a podcast of Linda Thomsen, former director of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission: How Sarbanes-Oxley has affected corporate culture. Discuss how the Sarbanes–Oxley Act has changed corporate culture. A transcript of the podcast is also available through the URL.

    Expand on how the Sarbanes–Oxley Act impacts organizational culture and why federal oversight like this is needed.

    Additionally, Linda Thomsen mentions in the podcast that she expects further misconduct to occur. Why do you think this type of misconduct continues despite these regulatory laws?

    Guided Response:
    Review several of your classmates’ postings. Respond to at least two classmates by posing a question or adding insight regarding the likelihood and reasons behind continuation of misconduct. Support your views with evidence from the textbook or at least one article from the Ashford Library or another scholarly source.