Case Study : Hewlett Packard Scandal Essay

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Introduction This paper will evaluate the business case study of the Hewlett-Packard scandal of 2006 which dealt with the spying technique known as pretexting. The events that led up to the scandal and an explanation of how long the spying went undetected is included along with an evaluation of the results of the punishment incurred by the perpetrators and whether the charges fit the crime. Additionally, a discussion on how this ethical breach affected Hewlett-Packard’s internal and external stakeholders over the following years. This paper will also identify ethical violations that are committed by individuals on a personal level in business organizations. Brief History of Hewlett-Packard According to (Elsbach, Stigliani, & Stroud, (2012), Hewlett-Packard (HP) was founded by William Hewlett and David Packard in a small garage in Palo Alto, California in 1939. It grew into a successful company that provided leading technological innovations (Elsbach, Stigliani, & Stroud, (2012)). It was stated by (Packard, 2006), that when HP went public in 1957, he wrote down the management concepts that included objectives which became known as the HP Way. By the mid-1990s, the HP Way was known worldwide as a model for entrepreneurial corporate culture (Packard, 2006). (Elsbach, Stigliani, & Stroud, (2012) state that in the mid-1990s HP had five major divisions: computers, electronic instrumentation, medical instrumentation, chemical analysis, and electronic components
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