Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 29

Volume 29 Issue 3, Pages 131-138

Summer 2018


Teaching Case
“What Gets Measured, Gets Managed”
The Wells Fargo Account Opening Scandal


Paul D. Witman
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, USA

Abstract: Wells Fargo & Co.’s Community Banking unit had enjoyed a strong positive reputation for decades. Wells Fargo as a whole had avoided most of the problems of the 2008 financial crisis, only to stumble into its own crisis in late 2016. The Community Banking unit was accused of opening millions of unauthorized accounts, firing employees for violating policy without addressing the root causes of those violations, and failing to detect and prevent these sorts of issues before they became widespread. Impact on consumers was widely varied, from new checking accounts that sometimes caused no significant impact, to new credit accounts that generated fees and caused negative impacts on consumer credit scores. How did the bank’s approach to information management contribute to this problem? What could the bank have done differently to have detected, responded to, and prevented future instances of improper account opening? What does the bank need to do going forward to prevent future problems and regain customer trust?

Keywords: Corporate governance, Information for decision-making, Risk management, Audit, Cross-selling, Ethics

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Recommended Citation: Witman, P. D. (2018). Teaching Case: “What Gets Measured, Gets Managed” The Wells Fargo Account Opening Scandal. Journal of Information Systems Education, 29(3), pp. 131-138.