Tyco Case Study – Leadership, Power, and Ethical Behavior

In 1960, Arthur J. Rosenberg founded Tyco, Incorporated, which was later named Tyco International. Over the next four decades, Tyco experienced a roller-coaster ride with investments and divestments. In 2002, Tyco was embroiled in a corruption scandal, with money diverted to fund the lavish lifestyle of its chief executive Dennis Kozlowski.
Read the business case – Tyco International: Leadership Crisis – found in the Daniels Fund Ethics Institute – Then, answer the following questions in essay format: 

  •  Provide a brief summary of the corruption case. 
  •  Why is this a case of abuse of leadership power, unethical behavior, and corruption? 
  •  Discuss why leaders are held to a high moral standard.
  •  What changes were put in place to address ethical conduct? 

The paper should be double-spaced in Times New Roman font (or its equivalent), which is no greater than 12 points in size. The paper should cite sources in APA format. The paper should be well-written. Check all content for grammar, spelling, and construction.


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