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Corporate Culture Change: G.M.’s Ignition Switch Death Toll Hits 100 - Auto Recalls Hits Record in 2014

Corporate Culture Change: G.M.’s Ignition Switch Death Toll Hits 100 - Auto Recalls Hits Record in 2014 | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"The ignition-switch crisis is cementing G.M.'s status as one of the deadliest automotive safety issues in American history."


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GM's...internal investigation showed that dozens of engineers, lawyers and investigators had known about ignition problems for years but failed to fix them.

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The GM ignition switch has gained notoriety because the defect was essentially hidden for a decade until G.M. began recalling 2.6 million affected cars last year.

       

...G.M. set up the compensation fund last year after its internal investigation showed that dozens of engineers, lawyers and investigators inside the company had known about ignition problems for years but failed to fix them.

         

Mary T. Barra, G.M.’s chief executive, dismissed 15 employees as a result of the internal inquiry, overhauled the automaker’s vast engineering operations and changed its safety protocols.

   

From another New York Times article, "Over 62 million vehicles have been recalled in the United States [in 2014], the highest total ever."


Photo:  Kenneth Feinberg, an independent compensation expert hired by G.M., has made settlement offers to the families of people who died. Credit - Drew Angerer for The New York Times

   

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

A sad, instructive cautionary tale from G.M. updated with the newest information as of May 2015.  From another article from the New York Times in ongoing coverage,  “G.M.'s decision-making, structure, process and corporate culture stood in the way of safety.”  ~ D

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Tim Pernetti, Rutgers Athletic Director, Resigns

Tim Pernetti, Rutgers Athletic Director, Resigns | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
The circle of those who saw video of a coach’s abusive acts as soon as December was wider than had been understood.


On Friday morning, two days after Mr. Rice was fired, Athletic Director Tim Pernetti resigned, and implied that he was being made a scapegoat.


  • He said his initial inclination when he saw the videos last fall was to fire Mr. Rice, but “Rutgers decided to follow a process involving university lawyers, human resources professionals, and outside counsel.”

    

Robert L. Barchi, the president of Rutgers, placed the blame on Mr. Pernetti and other senior officials who he said recommended that Mr. Rice be suspended rather than fired.

    

The contradictory accounts signaled a deepening discord in the fallout over a decision that has outraged state lawmakers, faculty and students.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

A lawyer's report, HR directors, personnel process and administrators aren't enough to balance out the public impact of this coaches behavior on video, now becoming a cautionary tale. ~ Deb

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