VW’s Culture Of Blind Obedience: What Went Wrong And How To Fix It by Ira Chaleff, MSNBC
The CEO of the Volkswagen holding company — now the former CEO having been appropriately forced to resign — did not install the “defeat devices” that hid the fact of emissions five- to 40-times higher than allowed by U.S. law. The “company,” a legal construct, did not install those devices.
Employees, software engineers and teams of engineers followed orders to install the devices. Surely those engineers knew the purpose of the device was to evade legal emissions standards. Did any of those engineers refuse to obey? If not, why not?