Case Study: The Enron Accounting Scandal
In a case study of the Enron collapse, Sims and Brinkman (2003), demonstrate how Enron’s senior leaders’ actions related to all five mechanisms assisted in creating the unethical culture that caused Enron’s demise.
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The business world has witnessed no shortage of ethical scandals in recent years. In the wake of these, one often begins to wonder how companies that profess a commitment to ethical core values can be guilty of such blatant ethical violations. Social proof argues that organizational members will take their cues about behavioral decisions from the culture before identifying their stated core values. There is growing research support for the phenomena of culture as the primary driver of employee behavior. These cultures are greatly influenced by the actions of organizational leaders. In the case of Enron, despite an ethical statement of values and a lengthy company code of ethics, senior leadership’s actions encouraged unethical behavior at all levels. In contrast, Zappos has become renowned for its culture and customer service. The core values at Zappos were drawn from this culture and the actions of leaders at all levels have strengthened it. Even when challenged by a $1.6 million mistake, Zappos remained committed to delivering on its promises and its core values.
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