School of Business
Lewis, Drew, "The Shift toward a Global Economy: Changes in Accounting Regulations to Repair a Broken Past and Lay a Solid Foundation for the Future" (2010). Senior Honors Theses. 117.
With the growth and development of a much more dynamic business market, many companies have seen opportunities to expand and profit. However, this has also led to much confusion over which specific regulations and entities should dictate how businesses should report and act. The Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board have been working concurrently to provide a consistent standard that can be applied universally. Though there are many differences between the frameworks of the two organizations, compromises are being made to suit the general business realm.
The recent recession has also caused problems for the business world, and has put an even greater urgency on the need for reform and revisions. With the collapse of Enron in 2001 and the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, accounting regulations have taken a step in the right direction, but these changes will not automatically solve all problems within the industry. Ethical education and universal enforcement also need to be emphasized to cut down on corporate greed and dishonesty to ensure that another economic meltdown will not occur in the near future.