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Should Steve Jobs share the blame for the computer maker's mishandling of stock options?

  • Steven Jobs

    Apple is a company which operates under the direction of a board, with the input of stockholders, which is a trait it shares with most other public companies. However, Steve Jobs, Apple's founder, has been active in product development and public relations for the company, ever since its inception. As the head of the company and its public face, he shares some of the decision-making responsibility and, therefore, shares some of the blame in every downturn.

  • While the board made most of the decisions at Apple, Steve Jobs still had an active role in the company and, therefore, shares in the credit and blame for its actions.

    Apple is a company which operates under the direction of a board, with the input of stockholders, which is a trait it shares with most other public companies. However, Steve Jobs, Apple's founder, has been active in product development and public relations for the company, ever since its inception. As the head of the company and its public face, he shares some of the decision-making responsibility and, therefore, shares some of the blame in every downturn.

    Posted by: SadLamar85
  • Steve Jobs should share the blame for his company's mishandling of stock options simply because Apple is his company.

    A chief executive officer should share the blame of any kind of corporate wrong-doing simply because he is the boss and founder of his own company. A CEO is responsible for anything that goes on within his company, good or bad. It would literally be his business to oversee the practice of all of his own corporate policies.

    Posted by: OneLupe89
  • Steve Jobs should be just as liable as anyone else, as he had some control over the company.

    As a majority stockholder, Steve Jobs is just as liable for the mishandling of stock options as the individuals who designed it. It is his job to oversee these things and, if people are losing benefits because of it, then he should be prosecuted with the rest of them, regardless of his celebrity status.

    Posted by: MuteNeal88
  • Steve Jobs should be held accountable because, as the CEO of the company, he is the head and is in charge.

    Steve Jobs runs and owns Apple. As the CEO, he receives all of the positive benefits when the company does well. He is extremely wealthy, famous, and gets on the cover of magazines all the time. It is only reasonable that, when things go bad, he also receives the negative implications as well. It is a risk he took when starting a company, and he shouldn't be able to get out of it.

    Posted by: 54I3Ian
  • Steve Jobs was the CEO of Apple, so he is the person who is to blame or praise for Apple's success or failure.

    Steve Jobs is the CEO of Apple. And because he is the CEO, he is being paid very well for his position. He is in charge of overseeing the whole company. The CEO should hire people who are capable, and should fire those who are not capable of doing a good job. Jobs was out of touch with his company, and he let it slide.

    Posted by: Pur3Rook
  • No, because the only person who can be blamed for mishandling the computer makers stock options is the person responsible for this task.

    Steve jobs has a job as the CEO of Apple. If it is indeed his job to handle the computer makers stock options, then of course he is to blame. If it is not, then how can we hold him accountable for another persons wrongdoing? Shall we also blame him for the war in Iraq?

    Posted by: danielleduce
  • Executives should accept responsibility for their businesses.

    Steve Jobs is the chief executive of the business and therefore is responsible for the actions of those that are under him. The president would not be forgiven if the cabinet made a bad decision that the United States suffered from, and this instance should be treated no differently in my opinion.

    Posted by: WeaverEmmi
  • Steve Jobs should be held responsible for some of the computer maker's behavior as he is a leading figure in the industry.

    Steve Jobs may not have had a seminar showing others how to abuse stock options but he should certainly be looked at when it comes to setting an example. Mr. Jobs is a very public figure and pioneer in the industry and without a doubt serves as a role model to other industry leaders. If he were to make a public effort to educate the industry in regard to stock options many of his contemporaries would follow his lead.

    Posted by: SMelendez34
  • Steve Jobs certainly deserves some of the credit for mishandling the company's stock options since he is so involved and connected with the company.

    Some of the blame for the mishandling of the company's stock options certainly should be placed at Steve Jobs' feet. He is a major force in this company and his name is closely associated with it. Because of his involvement, he certainly shares some of the blame for poor management which led to this problem.

    Posted by: R0d0Ferdy
  • Steve Jobs cannot control every single aspect of the company, because he can only oversee at a high level, and focus on the company's most important attributes.

    The role of Steve Jobs was to manage Apple and help them to make money. However, making money requires innovation, which is what he was good at. His role was to help the company think up brand new products that would make money, rather than overseeing every minute aspect of the company's accounting practices. Focusing on other areas of the company would have hurt the developmental side of the company.

    Posted by: SoWinif
  • Steve Jobs is not to blame for any stock option problems.

    I don't feel that Steve Jobs is responsible for any mishandling of stock options by his company Apple. Mr. Jobs is busy with the day-to-day management of his company - the production and innovation side. I doubt he has much connection at all with whoever is in charge of putting the stock on the market. Although he no doubt gets reports and updates as to the progress of company stock, he doesn't actually physically manipulate the stock or the options - another part of the company is responsible for this part of doing business.

    Posted by: ep0xihusky
  • Steve Jobs is just the CEO, and he should not be held responsible for the actions of his employees that he didn't order.

    Steve Jobs shouldn't be responsible for the mishandling of stock options, unless he was directly involved. Apple is a huge company, and it would be impossible for him to be abreast of everything that was going on. That being said, the CEO usually has to take some responsibility, but not necessarily in a legal sense.

    Posted by: M0r3Fire
  • No, I am sure that is beyond his scope, blame the people in charge of that aspect.

    You can't blame the big boss for every single thing that goes wrong with a company. There are people in charge of different aspects of the company; it is their job to oversee things in their branch. If someone messes up down the line, you can't blame the person trying to run things overall. That is why people are hired for different jobs, so that the work can be spread out to different people who specialize in different areas.

    Posted by: PinkMych

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