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Failure of Control Environment of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/12/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Asian Case Research Journal
Issue number2
Volume23
Number of pages33
Pages (from-to)561-593
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In July 2015, one of the biggest shipbuilding and marine engineering companies in Korea, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., LTD (DSME), suddenly reported operating losses of 2.73 billion USD, resulting in chaos and frustration of investors and market participants. The announcement of this huge loss was the result of an accounting fraud conducted by the management team. Adam Kim, the former CEO of the company, concealed 4.5 billion dollars of losses by manipulating the accounting performances. This case exemplifies the results of the weak control environment. This paper examines the consequences of the weak control environment and ineffective monitoring activities of DSME.