How does a company rebuild after a scandal?

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What other examples of unethical business practices have you heard of, besides the ones we learned about in class?
The world is an unethical place. Money trumps everything, and peope are willing to go to great lengths to get it. In class we learned about the VW emissions scandal and the Wells Fargo account fraud, but these are just two of many unethical business practices that have taken place over the years. Do you know of any other unethical events that have occured recently? I would love to hear about some examples. I usually only focus on the automotive industry, so if you have another area of expertise where crazy things like dieselgate have happened, reply and let me know!
Does the effectiveness of catching criminals using License Plate Readers (LPRs) outweigh it being a potential invasion of privacy?
In class last Thursday Professor Johnson talked about License Plate Readers (LPRs) and how they are extremely effective and quick at reading license plates and catching criminals.
But the controversial aspect revolving these LPRs comes in when people realize that this can potentially be a major invasion of privacy. The LPRs capture over 1800 plates a minute, so the amount of data they possess and information they have on people is extremely expansive. And out of all the plates they get only 0.001% are actually active criminals.
So even though they are extremely effective at catching criminals, LPRs are also extremely effective at tracking and storing info about every single car/person that drives by them.
Other issues surrounding LPRs are that they are very expensive, can be used in low income targeting, and can potentially be vulnerable to cyber attacks since they store mass amounts of data and personal information.
What impact do vaccine mandates have on the ethics of both local and global businesses?
In class, we’ve discussed the impact COVID-19 has had on corporations around the world dating all the way back to 2020. Every day we are starting to see more and more disagreement on whether it’s right to impose mandates on both employees and customers. CEO’s and those who hold leadership positions are tasked with a tough decision to either impose these mandates or not. What is everyone’s thought on the ethical impact the pandemic has had on these business leaders?
Do you think that the NCAA will ever try to show their power again like they did with the Sandusky scandal?
Professor Johnson mentioned in class that the Power 5 schools in the NCAA told the NCAA that if they ever tried to punish a school like they punished Penn State, they would come together and leave the NCAA. I wonder that if a scandal arises that is extremely horrific, will the NCAA try to do something to punish them and if they did, would the schools actually leave. The Michigan State scandal with Nassar showed that they will may not, but I wonder if that will change as more scandals occur.
What is your opinion on what the NCAA did to punish Penn State after the Sandusky scandal and do you think they have the right to show their power?
Is there a high level of Leadership which DOES influence workplace misconduct?
Today in class professor Johnson talked about the importance of strong leadership and its effects on misconduct in the workforce. Professor Johnson made it clear that strong leadership, as opposed to weaker leadership, leads to less misconduct. I am wondering if there is a level of leadership, which when portrayed to his/her employees, comes off as too overbearing, and actually encourages employees to act deviantly.
For example, if I think I am a very strong leader and I emphasive the importance of working together and ethically non-stop, is there a point in which employees will be too annoyed, and actually act out in spite of my words? Personally, I think that if a leader is attempting to lead solely through their words and not their actions, this is where something like this could occur.
How do you incorporate an ethical approach to your life outside of work?
Professor Johnson covered many examples of how a business has lacked ethics in the past. Some examples of these range from Wells Fargo creating millions of fake savings accounts and Volkswagen claiming they have one of the cleanest engines ever made and it turned out to be a hoax. Clearly, these are very unethical and wrong in the professional world.
Although we discussed ethics in the professional world what are some ways you stay ethical in your life away from work? To be ethical means relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these. I personally have different morals than others but they are generally the same for most. I strive for kindness, respecting others, honesty, and many other factors. Some morals I have include holding the door for people, having academic integrity, and helping others in need. These are just a few ethical approaches I have outside of work.
After reading this post, what are some traits that make you ethical? What are some ethical actions you include in your daily life?
How does a company rebuild after a scandal?
In class we talked about various companies and some of the ethical problems they have encountered. For example, the Wells Fargo and Volkswagen cases. In both cases, consumers were lied to which cased people to question the company as a whole. How can someone that was mislead become a loyal consumer again? How do you rebuild trust and guarantee that this will never happen again? How should company leaders communicate with consumers and with employees who were not involved with the scandal? Also, we learned that the rebuild period can take years and some companies do not fully recover. After researching, I found that leading with transparency, investing in new leadership, and establishing new policies are ways to put the company back on track.
Is Volkswagen’s unethical decision irreversible?
In class, we discussed the Volkswagen case where they produced a car that was very harmful to the environment when it was supposed to be very clean. Once this discovery was made, Volkswagen had to buy back cars and try and remove every single type of this car from the streets because of how harmful the car is to the planet.
However, is it possible for them to make sure every single car produced is no longer being driven? Or is their mistake irreversible?
When professor was explaining this case I realized that I own a Volkswagen Passat, one of the cars involved in the recalls. I had no idea that the line of cars mine belonged to could potentially be harmful to the earth. I called my dad after class, and he said that he did research before he bought my car and made sure that it wasn’t one of the ones with the harmful engine. Thankfully my dad was aware of the scandal; however, I was completely unaware. This shocked me and led me to wonder if there is anyone who owns a car with the harmful engine and has no idea that this scandal happened.
Do we think every employee should be blamed for a scandal?
With the Wells Fargo and Volkswagen scandals occurring, the employees of each company were blamed for taking part in the scandal even though most of them were not involved in unethical actions by the company. Everyone was blamed for participating in the scandal even though this was unfair, as the actions of some individuals of the company create a bad reputation to not trust these two companies. There are thousands of good individuals at Wells Fargo and Volkswagen and shouldn’t be blamed for what the higher-ups told them to do. All the workers at the company are blamed for something they didn’t do but are punished by reputation, as the people who committed the crimes are released.

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