Is Like An Onion?

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This case is like an onion. There are many layers and at the center of this onion, was the person responsible for the leak. If we assume the outer layer was Chairman of the Board, Patricia Dunn, then from the information we have been given, we cannot know for certain, that she knew how the inner layers were going about acquiring the information and getting to the center. The number of layers is uncertain but from what we have read of the case, there were top executives, directors, lawyers and investigators involved. It became a case of who knew what, when did they know, was it legal or ethical, and who was the leak? In a company such as Hewlett Packard, we have to wonder how all of these questionable decisions were made when they had a Mission Statement, so against dishonesty. “The HP Way” as it was called, seemed concerned with integrity, “We Conduct our business with uncompromising integrity. We expect HP people to be open and honest in their dealings to earn the trust and loyalty of others. People at every level are expected to adhere to the highest standards of business ethics and must understand that anything less is unacceptable”(Lawrence, Harris, & Baack, 2008). People at every level? Did this include the Board of Directors? The stand against evil offers individuals a sense of strength and integrity and becomes an intrinsic value (Koestenbaum, & Block, 2001). Where were the people standing against evil? There were several problems facing Hewlett Packard’s
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