Supplement | HBS Case Collection | July 2008

The Politics and Economics of Accounting for Goodwill at Cisco Systems (B)

by Karthik Ramanna

Abstract

Studies the role of Cisco in setting current US accounting standards for acquisitions and goodwill. Students are asked to analyze an acquisition in the context of an ongoing political debate on mergers accounting.

Keywords: Goodwill Accounting; Standards; Mergers and Acquisitions; Business and Government Relations; United States;

Citation:

Ramanna, Karthik. "The Politics and Economics of Accounting for Goodwill at Cisco Systems (B)." Harvard Business School Supplement 109-003, July 2008.