Title

Ethical Failures in Leadership: Preparing Future Business Leaders in Ethics and Corporate Citizenship

Date of Award

3-11-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Leadership & Organizations

Advisor

Bea Jennings

Keywords

Corporate Citizenship; Corporate Scandals; Ethics; Ethics Training; Fraud; Leadership; Profits and Ethics; Social Responsibility; Unethical Companies

Abstract

This capstone examined various aspects of recent ethical leadership failures in the corporate world. The research question asked was: Can institutions better prepare future business leaders in ethics, social responsibility and corporate citizenship? Comprehensive research was conducted examining common threads of unethical and ethical leadership, and the value of academic and professional ethics programs. The research identified common causes of ethical leadership failures and successes using numerous business cases in each area. One positive result of this research showed that ethical and socially responsible organizations can be profitable. This project sought to balance the need to compete in the business world with those values that ensure our future business leaders are able to operate in a framework in which ethics and profits can mutually coexist.

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