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Using the ethnostatistics methodology to reconcile rhetoric and reality: an examination of the management release of Enron’s year end 2000 results

William L. Smith (Assistant Professor of Accounting, New Mexico State University)
David M. Boje (Professor of Management, New Mexico State University)
Carolyn Gardner (Assistant Professor of Management at the Radford University, VA)

Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management

ISSN: 1176-6093

Article publication date: 1 July 2004

Abstract

We analyzed the earnings release of the Enron Corporation for the year ended December 31, 2000. By applying the methodology of ethnostatistics we were able to gain insight into the environment of earnings releases, the underlying meanings ascribed within the content and the resulting limitations on those third party users who rely upon the information provided. Moreover, with this understanding, we were better able to contrast the rhetoric employed by management in light of the reality of a deteriorating company. Our contribution provides for a comprehensive application of ethnostatistics in sensemaking of organizational disclosures and further extends the utility of the ethnostatistics methodology beyond academia.

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Smith, W.L., Boje, D.M. and Gardner, C. (2004), "Using the ethnostatistics methodology to reconcile rhetoric and reality: an examination of the management release of Enron’s year end 2000 results", Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1108/11766090410813337

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