The Ethics Of The Bell Corruption Scandal

937 Words Aug 12th, 2015 4 Pages
In my opinion, there were several factors that lead to the Bell corruption scandal. First and foremost, there seemed to be no checks and balances to control Robert Rizzo and other city officials. Furthermore, they gradually eliminated any controls that were place were, eventually earning absolute control (Goffard, 2010, para. 46-47). This behavior extended to individuals as Rizzo built a city staff that would go along with his corruption (para. 39). However, I do think Rizzo influenced the unethical conduct of city officials. Just as Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina (2007) points out in the video Gauging Ethics in an Organization, leaders have to walk the walk when it comes to values. Prince (1995) highlights this principle as well, “the leader can influence the moral conduct of others by demonstrating the desired behavior” (p. 491). Indeed, the leader sets the tone. The city officials experienced a similar situation as the managers of H. J. Heinz during the 1970s. Rizzo created an unhealthy moral environment “where it does not make sense for a person to be honest, fair, loyal or trustworthy…[where]…doing what is morally right is more difficult than usual and sometimes requires great courage” (Ciulla, 1995, p. 493). Second, the local newspaper, The Industrial Post, went out of business leaving a void in government transparency and accountability. Third, the lack of citizen engagement resulting in poor turnout in elections and city council meetings made it easier…
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