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Rarely does one individual's decision or action create an ethical crises entirely by itself. More often, someone's unethical or illegal idea is adopted by other members of the company, and the problem grows within the organization until it erupts in headlines, bad publicity, and sometimes criminal penalties. After the fact, the questions always arise: How did that happen? Did not anyone know it was going on? Why did not someone stop it?

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Recently, Volkswagen found itself in just such a position, when it was discovered that the software in the company's diesel vehicles had been programmed to provide false data to regulators regarding the level of emissions produced by the cars.

In his article "Volkswagen: Where Were the Lawyers?" Lippe (2015) questions the role that several groups within the company played in the scandal, most notably the company's lawyers and engineers. See http://www.abajournal.com/legalrebels/article/volkswagen_where_were_the_lawyers/.

Review this situation from legal, spiritual, and ethical perspectives. Fully explain the following:
1.As an employee or a manager in either the legal office or the engineering department, how would you have prevented this incident?
2.As the CEO of the diesel division of Volkswagen, how would you have responded when the situation became public? How would this response prevent future incidents?

Lippe, P. (2015, October 13). Volkswagen: Where were the lawyers? ABA Journal. Retrieved from http://www.abajournal.com/legalrebels/article/volkswagen_where_were_the_lawyers/

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Review this situation from legal, spiritual, and ethical perspectives. Fully explain the following:
1.As an employee or a manager in either the legal office or the engineering department, how would you have prevented this incident?

In reference to employees within the legal office, they would have only been capable of preventing this illegal action by being made privy to information that the criminal activity was occurring. It is not clear whether this was the case or whether lawyers for the department had no knowledge of unethical and illegal practices occurring within the engineering department. Nevertheless, it is the company's responsibility to be aware of any internal issues that are occurring throughout its divisions, and the engineering division is clearly the catalyst for this criminal behavior by one of the most well-respected companies in the car industry.

The engineering department apparently operated a protracted fraud that spanned many years in which at least 11 million cars sold by the company across the globe were deliberately equipped with advanced software that could enable these cars to circumvent regulations in regard to clean emissions. Therefore, this was an affront to the entire concept of the Volkswagen motto wherein the company built ...

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The expert determines how to prevent an incident in the Volkswagen Engineering department again. The CEO of the diesel division of Volkswagen is provided.

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