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Description: The chairman of Volkswagen said on Thursday that the decision by employees to cheat on emissions tests was made more than a decade ago, after they realized they could not meet United States clean air standards legally.

Source: NYTimes.com – video report

Date: Dec 10, 2015

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/business/international/vw-emissions-scandal.html?ref=business

Questions for discussion:

  • What does VW management’s explanation “There was a tolerance for breaking the rules,” say about the corporate culture?
  • Do you think it is a valid explanation of internal communications?
  • How can companies prevent a repeat of this sort of behavior?

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