In 1964, 38 people in New York City listened to Kitty Genovese’s blood-curdling cries for help as she was being stabbed to death. They failed to take action, wrongly believing that others would do so. As the celebrated 1964 Genovese case reminds us, failing to act when one witnesses misbehavior is a very human phenomenon that goes far beyond the confines of big city streets. Indeed, the lesson from that case is particularly worth keeping in mind when considering recent national corporate scandals.


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