Yellow Fever/White Lie?

Published 25 Jun 2018
Reference 6415
Region Africa
Summary

An employee of an American company with a zero-tolerance bribery policy bribes a border official in Nigeria. He does so because he fears for his own safety. Later, he tells his boss about the incident, and the boss instructs him to report the incident to the company. The employee fears that if he does so, his job will be terminated.

Teaching objectives

Illustrate an ethical dilemma that can arise in management. Is it unethical not to report ethical violations? Is reporting any ethical violation good leadership?

Keywords
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Bribery
  • Management
  • Africa
  • Q41718