Board Leadership: The Hewlett- Packard (HP) and Pretexting Case Study
The drivers behind the pretexting investigation and the unspoken approval by the legal …show more content…
The inquest as to whether the Board’s conduct was ethical or legal is vital to the investigation of their ethical leadership. The act of pretexting or “posing as another person in order to get information” is a legal gray area (Jennings, 2009). However, when a board request legal opinion or seeks legal support for conduct implies that the Board thought that there might be an ethical or legal issue in the proposed course of action (Jennings, 2006). Even with doubts, the Board did not initiate an investigation in the ethical behavior of its members. In fact, according to her attorney, Ann Baskins regretted not questioning whether pretexting was ethical (Jennings, 2009). Consequently, it is ascertained that the Board’s conduct of straddling the legal line and unethical behavior was detrimental to the growth and stability of the company and shareholders’ interest. In the very least, HP gained a seriously flawed reputation and shareholders confidence in the Board’s ability to be an effective leader drastically decreased.
Other factors that contributed to the Board’s ability to lead effectively are the