Section 7: Signature Assignment
The Signature Assignment should show how you: (a) demonstrate mastery of the course material, and (b) apply this knowledge to the real world.
Jennings, M. (2009): Unit 6c
Assignment – HealthSouth: The Scrushy Way
Of all the CEO’s accused of misdeeds in recent years – at Enron, WorldCom, and elsewhere – by far the most interesting is former HealthSouth CEO Richard Marin Scrushy. A charismatic leader, Scrushy could get employees to follow him either through charm or encouragement, or outright intimidation. In 2003, the Securities and Exchange Commission accused in a civil law suit the HealthSouth Corporation and Scrushy of inflating the company’s earnings by $1.9 billion since 1999 (Securities and Exchange Commission, 2003). In separate criminal charges, 15 former executives pleaded guilty of participating in a scheme to fake corporate profits to meet Wall Street expectations.
Using Case 6.18, HealthSouth: The Scrushy Way, on pp. 366-375, and by utilizing a minimum of 10 peer-reviewed references and completing outside research, examine the HealthSouth and CEO Richard Scrushy case and its ethical issues. Discuss how ethics may have played a role in the government’s responsibilities to all parties involved in the case.
Provide a Table of Contents, an Introduction, Impact on Stakeholders, Outcome and Fairness of Punishment, Conclusion, and the Reference Section.
Length: 12-14 pages (app. 350 words per page)
Your essay should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.
Submit your document in the Course Work area below the Activity screen.
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Compare and contrast the approaches of the parties who influence business decision making as it relates to ethics and of those who are influenced by their decisions.
Analyze the conflicting objectives of business leaders who influence business decisions.
Evaluate the actions that a company may take to meet ethical considerations relative to social performance, financial performance, and reputation.
Assess the extent to which social, ethical and public issues must be considered in internal and external stakeholder relationships.
Analyze and evaluate ethics in an academic setting, especially in regard to academic integrity and the code of conduct.
Examine and appraise the consequences for ethics violations.
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