Satyam Computers Corporate Governance Fiasco (A): Siblings Are Dearer Than Shareholders?


Code : GOV0033

Year :

Industry : Business Law, Governance and Ethics

Region : India

Teaching Note: Available

Structured Assignment : Available

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Abstract: This case study, first in the series, is a curtain raiser to Satyam Computers’ corporate governance fiasco. While capturing the first three days’ (December 16th 2008 – December 18th 2008) events, this case study chronicles the events as they unfolded. What started as a routine business (board’s) affair, ended up in India’s Enron like situation. This case enables an interesting discussion on: (a) the role of independent directors, (b) the role of shareholder activism, (c) the larger fiduciary role of Board of Directors and (d) the moral and ethical role of founder-CEO.

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Pedagogical Objectives:
The case attempts to achieve the following pedagogical objectives

  • To discuss the growth and success story of Satyam Computer Services since its beginning as a small information technology (IT) firm to become the fourth-largest IT services provider in India
  • To debate the role of Maytas twins in the corporate governance fiasco at Satyam Computer Services
  • To analyse the factors that forced Satyam Computer Services into the current crisis

    Keywords :Ramalinga Raju , Corporate Governance, Satyam Computer Services, Shareholder Activism, Satyam, Maytas, Role of Independent Directors, Corporate Frauds in India, Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Diversification, Maytas Infra, Maytas Properties, Investors Activism

    Contents :
    » Satyam Computer Services: Becoming a Global Company
    » Byrraju Foundation
    » A Tale of Two Realty Firms
    » Satyam Computer Services and Maytas Deal

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