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Technological Evolution And The Devolution Of Corporate Financial Reporting, Donald C. Langevoort Jan 2004

Technological Evolution And The Devolution Of Corporate Financial Reporting, Donald C. Langevoort

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My claim is that the technology link to the recent disclosure scandals is no coincidence. To be sure, cheating tempts all who seek wealth, in whatever line of business they find themselves. I want to show, however, how the rapid pace of innovation at a number of levels offered motive, opportunity, and rationalization for a downshift in financial reporting norms, which in turn made outright fraud more probable.