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The Criminal Bug: Volkswagen's Middle Management

27 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2016 Last revised: 26 Apr 2016

J.S. Nelson

Villanova Law School; Villanova School of Business; The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: April 19, 2016

Abstract

Not only does the 2015-16 Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal have the potential to destroy a $227 billion-dollar multinational company, but it contains eerie echoes of other recent white collar scandals that have claimed lives and cost the public trillions of dollars. Through a case study of Volkswagen, this Essay pioneers a new way to look at these scandals by focusing on their common element: the growing insulation and entrenchment of middle management to coordinate such large-scale wrongdoing.

Keywords: Volkswagen, VW, scandal, emissions, defeat device, emissions-control, case study, middle management, management, insulation, entrenchment, coordination, fraud, large-scale wrongdoing, disclosure-based regulation, drive, suppress, dissent, patterns, multinational, cat-and-mouse game, repeat behavior

Suggested Citation

Nelson, J.S., The Criminal Bug: Volkswagen's Middle Management (April 19, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2767255 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2767255

Josephine Sandler Nelson (Contact Author)

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Villanova School of Business ( email )

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The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania ( email )

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