Brian Doherty at Reason interviews four business people. Sarbanes-Oxley compliance consultant Stephen Stanton:
One thing that defies common sense is that the law requires controls to be documented, so anytime you change your process you have to go back in time to readjust your reporting. Anytime you change the way you do business, install new software, start a new line of business, you need those changes documented. So all of a sudden change is the enemy; creative destruction is a bad thing. We actively encourage clients: Don't change your system; don't upgrade anything; don't change anything for the last three months of the year.
So it really stifles innovation, stifles growth.