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Caught red-handed: the cost of the Volkswagen Dieselgate

Mauro Fracarolli Nunes (ESCP Europe, Paris, France)
Camila Lee Park (ESCP Europe, Paris, France)

Journal of Global Responsibility

ISSN: 2041-2568

Article publication date: 12 September 2016




With the investigation of the US stock market response to the Volkswagen Dieselgate, this paper aims to empirically demonstrate a case of dissemination of corporate scandals and events through industries and supply chains (i.e. inertial effect).


Individual event studies were conducted in the analysis of the market value fluctuations of 33 companies of the American automotive industry upon the disclosure of the scandal.


Results show that the fraud held by the German automaker spread to surrounding companies within the industry and supply chain levels of analysis, contaminating market values and costing around 6.44 billion dollars to American firms.


Building on the efficient market hypothesis and on the literature on supply chain management, empirical evidences support the conceptualization of the inertial effect as a valid rationale to address the dissemination of events through companies not directly involved. In that sense, the study contributes to an emerging and promising research field within the supply chain management literature. Beyond that, its interdisciplinary approach may inspire future research in the applicability of the event study methodology in similar contexts, as well as of alternative forms to empirically test other theoretical constructs.



Fracarolli Nunes, M. and Lee Park, C. (2016), "Caught red-handed: the cost of the Volkswagen Dieselgate", Journal of Global Responsibility, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 288-302.



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