On the Origins of Corporate Evil—and Idiocy

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/01/what-was-volkswagen-thinking/419127/

Commentary below by Daniel Haqiqatjou,

Very relevant to Muslim organizations, masjids, and the community overall.

Hard ethical principles are very easy to bypass and, eventually, overturn in an organization over a short period of time. How does it happen?

Well, decision-makers at the top make decisions that determine the culture that others in the organization take their cues from. If those decision-makers cut corners or make seemingly small decisions that are “necessary for practical purposes” but nonetheless contravene clear ethical principles — even principles the organization itself has adopted for itself — then this trickles down and touches everyone in the organization. A new culture is formed that justifies to itself unethical behavior and the people within the organization don’t even realize they are breaching the ethical standards that they have set for themselves.

“O you who have believed, do not follow the footsteps of Satan. And whoever follows the footsteps of Satan – indeed, he enjoins immorality and wrongdoing. And if not for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy, not one of you would have been pure, ever, but Allah purifies whom He wills, and Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”

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