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|Ch. 1||Sarbanes-Oxley Myth||1|
|Ch. 2||Control Smart Approach||23|
|Ch. 3||Threats and Dangers||33|
|Ch. 4||Know Yourself||47|
|Ch. 5||Identify Where You Are Vulnerable||63|
|Ch. 6||Smart Links||81|
|Ch. 7||Protect Yourself||145|
|Ch. 8||Monitor Your Health||171|
|Ch. 9||A Call to Action||181|
|App. A||Statement of Values||191|
|App. B||Key Performance Indicator Reporting||194|
|App. C||Examples of Key Performance Indicators||196|
|App. D||Control Activities||198|
|App. E||Example of Section 302 Certification||208|
|App. F||Attestation Checklist||210|
Posted February 23, 2005
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is one of the most complex, costly pieces of legislation to emerge from Congress in the past two decades. Author Scott Green considers the legislation itself to be a risk - not merely to managers who might find themselves disgraced or imprisoned for mere mistakes and oversights, but also to the productive forces of American capitalism. His book outlines a process for identifying and managing the kind of risk that might result in violations of Sarbanes-Oxley. His approach is blessedly free from jargon and almost intuitively obvious. Other things about this book make it appealing to a reader who has waded through other analyses of Sarbanes-Oxley and who is concerned about full compliance. First, without oversimplifying, Green presents his prescription in simple, straightforward terms. Second, he does not make an overt sales pitch for his firm¿s consulting services. Third, he has apparently not service-marked his favorite terminology, such as 'Smart Links.' This restraint confirms that he actually has something to say to you, and is not merely trying to drum up business. What he has to say is not stunning or new, nor is it presented in sparkling prose, but we find it reasonably useful and well worth a manager¿s time to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2004
Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOA) is probably the single most important law affecting corporate governance and financial disclosure since the US securities laws of the early 1930s. This book describes in a practical and concise manner the complexity of Sarbanes-Oxley Act for non-financial managers and directors and gives a pathway model to develop an efficient control environment of businesses. I found very useful and straightforward to implement the Control Smart approach to help obliterate vulnerabilities and develop a strong defense against corporate fraud. I think that this book is a valuable, must read guide for both, financial and non-financial managers. I would also recommend it as reference manual for management training programs as well as business schools.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 2, 2004
Posted February 24, 2004
A knowledgeable executive with valuable hands-on experience and an ability to communicate in a no-fluff manner has spelled out everything today's manager needs to know in order to establish and nurture a strong framework of internal controls. In this book, Scott Green has presented captivating real-world examples that emphasize both the importance of a strong internal control structure and the ramifications of a fraudulent corporate culture. He has boiled down the complexity of Sarbanes-Oxley into a clear and concise tool for managers of small and mid-sized companies. And, he's done all of this in such a way that makes for a very interesting read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2004
This book is highly accessible and the concepts easy to understand, with many real-life examples to help the reader focus. It will prove most useful to board members, corporate counsel, executives and managers who often are not trained to evaluate internal controls but who now must understand not only controls assessment, but also the inherent risks associated with these processes. Small and mid-cap companies can benefit from this book as it should help them defray the costs of implementing increased controls and compliance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 25, 2004
I found the book to be smooth reading and very informative. The book provides detailed examples of internal control issues from actual companies. I have a newfound understanding of these issues now, because of the level of detail and the varied perspectives provided in by the author. I would recommend this book to anyone in a managerial position concerned with internal controls in their organization.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.