The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Its Impact on European Companies
|The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Its Impact on European Companies|
|160 (121 text)|
|Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna (AUSTRIA)|
|Type of Thesis|
|Sehr Gut (U.S. Grade Equivalents: A+) Certificate (Beurteilungsprotokoll)|
|The thesis was published
as book (ISBN 3865502431) under the title "Sarbanes Oxley
Compliance. Identifying Gains and Costs of European Companies". The
book can be purchased - among others - from Amazon.de.
The thesis can also be downloaded from Grin.com.
|Access Quantitative Survey Results|
The present thesis examines the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOA)
on European companies and identifies their attitude towards its provisions.
To raise the information needed, from May until the end of June 2005 all
affected European companies (290) received access to the online
Overall almost twenty percent responded to the questionnaire. The following key findings have been identified:
• The smaller a company is, the more problems it has to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
• The degree of the top management’s involvement in the compliance process plays a crucial role.
• Almost every company has a formal code of ethics in place, but their senior management does not communicate it enough to their employees.
• Almost every company has a whistleblower hotline in place to let all employees raise ethics and compliance issues and many of them also indicate that it allows an anonymous, confidential reporting and follow-up on raised issues. Only 30 percent of the hotlines were managed by an outside third party.
• Most of the companies believe that the compliance costs have exceeded the benefits in 2004, but a positive trend – after the first compliance – towards the benefits can be identified.
All in all, the thesis provides a representative overview on the SOA compliance situation of European companies.
|Table of Contents|
|The bibliography is available at Phoenix-Witra.de.|
© Peter Krimmer 2006