Purchasing Ethics

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Case Study 3: Purchasing Ethics
MKTG 6523 Sourcing & Procurement
LaQuita L. Davis
Arkansas State University
Dr. John Mello
November 3, 2013

Purchasing Ethics
Scenario 1
1.) What should Bryan do about the clock?
Bryan should explain to his wife Nina what could happen if his boss found out about the clock. He should explain the ethics policy set in place at his job and that he could lose his job if word got back of them accepting the clock. Finally he should explain to her that he is looking out for the company’s reputation as well and wants to behave in an ethical manner. Stressing the fact that “ethical buyers do not accept outside gifts or favors that violate their firm’s ethics policy”( Handfield, Giunipero, Monczka,
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Most importantly they suggest that employers encourage employees upon hiring and thereafter to disclose any information that may pose a conflict of interest threat. 2.) Ethical decisions that affect a buyer’s ethical perspective usually involve the organizational environment, cultural environment, personal environment, and industry environment. Analyze this scenario using these four variables. * Organizational environment – If the supplier that Dave has chosen does not come through and deliver what the organization needs then it effects the whole organization. If it gets out that Dave is behaving unethically then it may also affect the organization’s reputation. * Cultural environment – Dave’s behavior effects the culture of the organization because it puts others and future employees in unethical positions if they go along with his request. It also sets the precedent for others to feel that they can also behave unethically and its okay. * Personal environment – Dave’s behavior based on his personal relationship with the supplier, his brother-in-law, is affecting Sharon’s ability to do her job. If Sharon does not corporate with Dave’s request and he decides to try and get rid of her it will personally affect Sharon’s life as well as their personal relationship. * Industry environment – Dave’s behavior effects the industry environment because his actions if found out by other suppliers may call attention


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