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Description: Recent events at Penn State University, while certainly reflecting a very serious issue that should not be taken lightly, provide a unique opportunity to explore several aspects of management. The decision to use this situation as a basis for discussion should be carefully considered.

Source: J. W. Miller, & R. Bachman, “Paterno Ousted at Penn State,” Wall Street Journal

Date: November 10, 2011

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Questions for discussion:

  1. Discuss the ways in which power may have come into play throughout the situation. Do not limit your discussion to any single individual involved.
  2. From what you know about Joe Paterno, comment on his leadership traits?
  3. From the standpoint of moral leadership, why did Coach Paterno have to be fired? What aspects of moral leadership are now open to question?
  4. Joe Paterno embodied “old-fashioned” leadership. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

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