Conflicts of Interest

RATIONALE

This topic provides a general overview of ethics management issues, with specific reference to conflicts of interest. Side deals (when individuals who represent organisations enter into separate transactions for private benefit) and the giving and receiving of gifts to ...
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LEARNING METHODS

Having completed the module, students should be able to:

    • Explain the main ethical theories and apply them to practical cases;
    • Explain the main components of an ethics management programme;
    • Define conflicts of interest and describe ways...
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STUDY QUESTIONS

Provided as part of each case study.

Mini caselets
The following cases form part of an online ethics training programme (e-valuation) developed by Just Managing Consulting and may be used for educational purposes only.

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CORE LITERATURE
Toy Maker Faces Dilemma as Water Gun Spurs Violence
A manufacturer of a popular toy is faced with a dilemma when their products are used for nefarious purposes....

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Case
Restricted Reasons and Permissible Violation
Restricted Reasons and Permissible Violation is part of broader look at the role of adversary professions in law, business and government. ...

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Core Concepts
How Wall Street Lawyer Turned Insider Trader Eluded the FBI
The article examines the case of a mergers & acquisitions lawyer who managed to elude discovery of insider trading for 17 years. ...

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ADDITIONAL LITERATURE
Conflict of Interest: The Common Thread Underlying Ethical Lapses
The purpose of this paper is to examine various industries for examples of conflicts of interest, and the resulting harmful ethical and managerial effects. All of these examples are well known, having appeared in various news sources. However, each incident has been viewed as an isolated case with n...

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Additional Literature
Conflict of Interest in Universal Banking Evidence from Brazilian IPOs
We investigate conflict of interest in universal banking through IPO short run-returns. Two of the main obstacles to detect mispricing in IPOs are the price stabilization performed by the underwriter that can distort secondary market prices and the absence of data on the ex-ante demand for the offer...

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Additional Literature
Beyond Agency Theory: The Power of Integrity
There is far too much concern today about the conflicts of interest between people; for example, agency theory (the conflicts of interest between agents and owners) -- a favorite topic of Jensen -- and not enough attention paid to the damage caused by an individual's conflict of interest with himsel...

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