Are We Wasting Our Time Teaching Business Ethics? Ethical Lapses Since Enron and the Great Recession
31 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2016
Date Written: September 14, 2016
This paper examines whether corruption and dishonesty are still major issues after huge debacles such as Enron and the Great Recession of 2008. Sadly, little has changed and the moral compass is broken at many organizations; greed still reigns. Examples from the financial, automobile, retailing, and accounting industries are provided to demonstrate that many leaders have no qualms about selling dangerous products or using dubious accounting to maximize profit. Apparently, little has changed: organizational leaders and boards may be paying lip service to the importance of integrity and ethics but are not practicing what they preach.
Keywords: leadership, ethical leadership, business ethics, banking scandals, automobile industry, Rana Plaza, Chinese milk scandal, accounting scandals, sugar association
JEL Classification: A22, A23, D81, G18, G21, I20, L20, L21, M14, M19, M31, Q20, Q38
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