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In the Maytag case in Chapter 16 we examined a costly snafu brought about by giving executives of a foreign subsidiary too much rein. With Met Life the problem was gradually eroding ethical practices. In both instances top management still had ultimate responsibility and cannot escape blame for whatever went wrong in the organization. Decades ago President Truman coined the phrase ?oThe buck stops here?? meaning that in this highest position rests the ultimate seat of responsibility. Any manager who delegates to someone else the authority to do something will undoubtedly hold them responsible to do the job properly. Still managers must be aware that their own responsibility to higher management or to stockholders cannot be delegated away. If the subordinate does the job improperly the manager is responsible. Going back to MetLife or to any corporation involved with ethical and illegal practices top executives may try to escape blame by denying that they knew anything about the misdeeds. This should not exonerate them. Even if they knew nothing directly they still set the climate.

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