Prashanti Technologies: A Workplace Romance Ethical Dilemma
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In September 2012, the vice-president of Internal Audit at Prashanti Technologies, a multinational corporation headquartered in Mumbai, India, was reviewing an external audit team’s report before a meeting of the company’s ethics committee. The committee had only one item on the agenda: a sensitive case involving a company vice-president, the head of its financial services division, who had been accused by an anonymous whistleblower of conducting a workplace affair with a subordinate. Further, it was alleged that he had unfairly promoted her by giving her additional undeserved responsibilities and that she had taken undue advantage of her workplace romance by giving orders to the rest of the team. The ethics committee was required to decide what action, if any, should be taken against the vice-president and the junior manager.
This case can be used at the post-graduate/MBA level as well as in executive management programs as part of courses in ethics, personnel management or leadership. It has the following objectives:
- To understand how companies should handle workplace romances, conflicts of interest and allegations of sexual harassment.
- To discuss how ethics-related decisions are taken by managers/leaders and the factors that influence such decision-making.
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India, Large, 2012
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