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Introduction
This story begins with a brief history of Tyco, followed by an explanation of Tyco CEO L. Dennis Kozlowki’s rise to power. As Kozlowki rose to become the second-highest-paid CEO, some red flags pointed toward the impending disaster. Most notably, Kozlowski’s aggressive approach to business, his lavish lifestyle, his clashes with the former, more conservative CEO, and his ousting of those who criticized Tyco’s activities all acted as indicators of Kozlowki’s unethical behavior. (Tyco International: Leadership in Crisis (2003).
Company History
Tyco was founded in 1960, by Arthur J. Rosenberg, Tyco initially an investment and holding company focused on solid-state science and energy conversion. It developed the first laser with a sustained beam for use in medical procedures, than shifted the focus to the commercial sector. In 1964, Tyco became a publicly traded company and rapidly acquired 16 companies by 1968. The expansion continued until 1982, between 1973 and 1982, the firm grew from $34 million to $500 million in consolidated sales. In 1982 Tyco was organized into three business segments: Fire Protection, Electronics and Packaging. (Tyco International: Leadership in Crisis, 2003). Tyco continued to grow though acquisitions through the 1990’s. The company changed its name to Tyco International, to signal its global presence. By the early 2000’s the company had acquired more than thirty major companies, including ADT, Raychem and CIT group (Tyco International: Leadership in Crisis, 2003).
The Kozlowski Era
The story of the Tyco Corporation is nothing short of the type of drama you would watch on the movie of the week, money, power, lavish lifestyles. L. Dennis Kozlowski, armed with an accounting degree, joined Tyco in 1975, where he spent the next 27 years rising through the ranks as an exceptionally enterprising and effective manager (Dennis Kozlowski. (2013). The Biography Channel website). Kozlowski found a friend and mentor in then CEO



References: 1. Dennis Kozlowski. (2013). The Biography Channel website. Retrieved 01:33, Sep 10, 2013, from http://www.biography.com/people/dennis-kozlowski-234610. 2. Tyco Details Lavish Lives of Executives (2002). The New York Times website. Retrieved 11:10am, Sep 11, 2013, from http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/18/business/tyco-details-lavish-lives-of-executives.html 3. Tyco International: Leadership in Crisis (2003). Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative University of Mexico Retrieved 11:11am Sep 11, 2013 http://danielsethics.mgt.unm.edu/pdf/Tyco%20Case.pdf 4. Tyco Leadership; (2013) Retrieved 1:51pm Sep 11 2013 http://www.tyco.com/about/leadership

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