Title

The Enron Scandal Breakdown

Presenter Information

Jason Leatherman

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 137A

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

What was the social architecture of the infamous Enron corporate scandal? The purpose of this presentation is to identify the main actors who pulled off one of the biggest multi-layered white-collar crimes in United States history. Sociometrics are created using several books that thoroughly chronicle the conspirators’ actions. Sociometrics offers a set of analytical tools that enable social researchers and criminal investigators to "mapout" the social action of criminal conspiracies. The findings show who the most central actors were in the conspiracy as well as other information about the social structure of this major enterprise conspiracy. The study also documents the repertoires of wrongdoing that Enron used to carry out its criminal conspiracy and the damages that Enron brought to investors and other stakeholders and communities throughout the country. Two books are being used for the data on this project, and these books are as follows: “Pipe Dreams” by Robert Brice and “The Smartest Guys in the Room” by Bethany Mclean and Peter Elkind. These two books are the premier sources of information on the Enron scandal. This presentation is expected to last approximately ten minutes.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Eric Cheney

Additional Mentoring Department

Sociology

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The Enron Scandal Breakdown

SURC 137A

What was the social architecture of the infamous Enron corporate scandal? The purpose of this presentation is to identify the main actors who pulled off one of the biggest multi-layered white-collar crimes in United States history. Sociometrics are created using several books that thoroughly chronicle the conspirators’ actions. Sociometrics offers a set of analytical tools that enable social researchers and criminal investigators to "mapout" the social action of criminal conspiracies. The findings show who the most central actors were in the conspiracy as well as other information about the social structure of this major enterprise conspiracy. The study also documents the repertoires of wrongdoing that Enron used to carry out its criminal conspiracy and the damages that Enron brought to investors and other stakeholders and communities throughout the country. Two books are being used for the data on this project, and these books are as follows: “Pipe Dreams” by Robert Brice and “The Smartest Guys in the Room” by Bethany Mclean and Peter Elkind. These two books are the premier sources of information on the Enron scandal. This presentation is expected to last approximately ten minutes.