This is the lesson that never ends…?

Are you curious to know how Enron acted after the World Trade Center Attacks on September 11, 2001? Do you want to know how Enron employees behaved in the less than 3 month time span between the attacks and its December 2, 2001 bankruptcy filing?

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Torture and American Values

There is a talk next week that I encourage you to attend.  Feel free to blog about it if you like.

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Gitanjali Gutierrez, a 1992 graduate of Bucknell University who is serving as counsel for detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, will give the talk, “Torture, Guantanamo and American Values,” on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

Ms. Gutierrez, based on her work, will be arguing that torture is not an American value nor valuable to America.  I hope to be there.

Bucknell has other connections to Guantamo and US policies towards suspected terrorists.  The chair of teh Board of Trustees, Judge Crawford, has been the “convening authority for military tribunals” whcih was created by an act of Congress.  One commentator called her acknowledgement of torture in at least one detainee’s, Al Qhatani’s,  case a “turning point.”

The speaker is Al Qhatani’s counsel.  I wonder if Judge Crawford will be here?

Cooking the Books: Recipes from around the world!

Cooking the Books in the Outback

When discussing the Enron scandal in class a question was asked: Would a corporate scandal of this scandal still have been hatched had it not been for the ‘smartest guys in the room’? The general opinion was that yes, it would have happened sooner or later. What happened at Enron was not new to the corporate world, what made it ‘special’ was the scale at which this fraud was conducted. 

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The Clash of Organizations: From the CIA to the Taleban

Introduction:

The organization structure of an intelligence agency is perhaps one of the most interesting structures that come to mind when studying organizational theory. My curiosity, and the plentiful room for speculation that is available when trying to study the workings of an intelligence agency make this subject as interesting as it is. To demonstrate the diversity that exists in organization structures across the board, I have selected three different organizations that were arguably created to serve a variation of the same set of goals for the region of interest (and operation).

To get us started, I will present a brief introduction of all three organizations.

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