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After reading the following listed articles on SOX reporting for this week, provide a critique of SOX. In your opinion, do the benefits of SOX outweigh its Cost?
Legislated Ethics: From Enron to Sarbanes-Oxley, the Impact on Corporate America by Howard Rockness and Joanne Rockness, published in the Journal of Business Ethics.
The Unexpected Benefits of Sarbanes-Oxley by Stephen Wagner and Lee Dittmar, published in the Harvard Business Review.
By attempting the above questions, you are examining SOX and analyzing the improvements the legislation has on internal control practices.
Discussion should incorporate the following elements: (a) Provides a critique of SOX, based upon the readings (b) Evaluates the benefits vs. the cost of implementation and compliance (c) Analyzes the improvements the legislation has on internal control practices (d) Supplies references to outside research material.
The uploaded reading materials for this week can be very useful in attempting this week’s discussion board questions. Consulting other relevant materials may also improve the quality of your work and by extension your grades! Make sure to proofread carefully. Grammar and spelling errors will impact the grading. I expect your discussion question responses to be rigorous reflecting critical thinking and supported with appropriate data and evidence. Whenever possible, please try to relate the course content to real-world applications from your work experience. (Since the writer doesn’t know my work experience, give an example) I will provide a pdf file with the readings which is going to help answer the questions. Please if you use any other source DO NOT plagiarized, use citation. Use your own words DO NOT copy-paste from the Internet.
SOX 1, 2, and 3 are additional/optional readings that could help answer the questions but the main readings are Legislated Ethis and The unexpected benefits.
These are the references for the required readings and the additional readings:
1: Rockness, H., & Rockness, J. (2005). Legislated ethics: From Enron to Sarbanes-Oxley, the impact on corporate America. Journal of Business Ethics, 57(1), 31-54.
2: Wagner, S., & Dittmar, L. (2006). The unexpected benefits of Sarbanes-Oxley. Harvard business review, 84(4), 133.
SOX Additional/Optional Readings
1: Act, S. O. (2002). Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Washington DC.
2: Coates, J. C. (2007). The goals and promise of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Journal of Economic Perspectives, 91-116.
3: Lenn, L. E. Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002 (SOX) – 10 years later. Journal of Legal Issues and Cases in Business, 1-14.