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The Man in the Mirror (B)

Published 29 Jun 2015
Reference 6073
Industry Defense & Space
Region Middle-East
Summary

This exciting case is about a whistle-blower who exposes bribery and corruption in defence contracting in the Middle East. Sebastian is hired to manage a $3.25 billion military contract, but must figure out what to do when he realises his company is paying bribes to local officials.

Teaching objectives

The case is designed to help students think strategically about how to uphold their values in the face of strong pressure to go along with the status quo in a context of bribery and corruption. It invites them to explore how they might assess and mitigate the risks of standing up for their beliefs.

Keywords
  • defence industry
  • bribery
  • corruption
  • giving voice to values
  • Middle East
  • Ethics
  • whistle-blowers
  • values
  • Q41415