Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2004 (Revised November 2004)

Restoring Trust at WorldCom

by Jay W. Lorsch and Ashley Robertson


Examines the changes in corporate governance at WorldCom/MCI as proposed by the company's court-appointed corporate monitor, Richard Breeden. Following the largest bankruptcy ever and the downfall of the company, Breeden wrote "Restoring Trust," a report comprised of 78 recommendations for the future governance of the company. Teaching Purpose: To think about how to improve corporate governance at a specific company.

Keywords: Change; Insolvency and Bankruptcy; Corporate Governance; Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms; Business and Government Relations; Trust;


Lorsch, Jay W., and Ashley Robertson. "Restoring Trust at WorldCom." Harvard Business School Case 404-138, June 2004. (Revised November 2004.)