The Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Scandal

read Case 14 in your text carefully, “The Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Scandal”, pp. 458-465.

Analyze the case by responding to the following assigned discussion questions

Your responses to the discussion questions below should be 3-4 well-developed paragraphs each, using data from the articles and frameworks from the text or supplemental readings to craft your responses. Be sure to proofread!

DISCUSSION/ANALYSIS QUESTIONS:

  1. What organizational culture and leadership elements within Volkswagen can be blamed for the emissions scandal? Use types of power and leadership in your response.
  2. Using Collins’ ethical bench-marking elements for ethical leadership, what tactics/strategies should the CEO of Volkswagen adopt to attempt to make sure a scandal like this does not occur again?
  3. If you were a Volkswagen employee working in the divisions involved, what strategies would/could you have employed to stop the events that promoted the scandal (
  4. Review the Sustainability link on Volkswagen’s corporate website (https://www.volkswagenag.com/en/sustainability.html (Links to an external site.)) to see what actions they have taken since the emissions scandal. Summarize at least three of these actions. Do you think these actions are sufficient to turn around their reputation loss due to the emissions scandal? What other actions do you suggest based on your text readings?

Attach your assignment as a .doc, .docx or .pdf file. Use lastname.5307Case14 as your file name. Put your name and page # as a header to your document. Type out each question (or cut and paste from above) and then respond – this makes it clear which question you are responding to and also helps you remember to address each portion of the question, as most are multi-part.

Questions 1, 2 and 3 are worth 12 grading points based on careful analysis of the case and application of text/article models/theories. Question 4 is worth 14 points, given additional research is necessary and your response will be longer as you need to summarize your research and then respond to the discussion questions. See the grading rubric for point breakdown.