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

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Organizational Leadership


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Bea Jennings


Corporate citizenship, Corporate scandals, Ethics, Ethics training, Fraud, Leadership, Profits and ethics, Social responsibility, Unethical companies


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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