Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 243–256 | Cite as

Enron Ethics (Or: Culture Matters More than Codes)

  • Ronald R. Sims
  • Johannes Brinkmann


This paper describes and discusses the Enron Corporation debacle. The paper presents the business ethics background and leadership mechanisms affecting Enron's collapse and eventual bankruptcy. Through a systematic analysis of the organizational culture at Enron (following Schein's frame of reference) the paper demonstrates how the company's culture had profound effects on the ethics of its employees.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald R. Sims
    • 1
  • Johannes Brinkmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of BusinessCollege of William and MaryWilliamsburgU.S.A
  2. 2.Norwegian School of Management BIOsloNorway

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