The Bribery Scandal at Siemens AG

            
 
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Case Code : BECG106
Case Length : 18 Pages
Period : 2006-2009
Pub Date : 2010
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Siemens AG
Industry : Diversified
Countries : Germany

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Exhibits

Exhibit I: A Note on the Co-Determination Law or Mitbestimmung
Exhibit II(a): Major Business Activities of Siemens (before 2008)
Exhibit II (b): Major Business Activities of Siemens (As of 2009)
Exhibit III: Income Statement of Siemens: 2004-2008
Exhibit IV: Stock Price Movement of Siemens
Exhibit V: A Note on Siemens' Anti-Public-Corruption Compliance

 

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