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Saint Mary's University
MGMT 3480
Steve Foran

Business Ethics MGMT-3480 Case Analysis Instructor: Steve Foran Submitted By: Neelgiri Chatterjee A00355316 SEC: 2D Winter 2011 nd Date of Submission:February 2 , 2012 Facts I am working for an executive recruitment firm that has recently been retained by a large corporation to find appropriate candidates for the position of President of the corporation. If I can find a suitable candidate for them my firm will receive one third of the President’s cash compensation-salary and bonus, an amount in excess of $750,000. The CEO of the corporation is controlling the search and he wants someone respectful towards him as the President. But then it will be difficult for the firm to attract best pool of talents. I can’t do anything which offends the BOD of the corporation and at the same time the recruitment firm bears no legal liability if a hired candidate by them proves unsuccessful in his position. Ethical Issue The Corporation is looking for a highly qualified person as the position of the President but the CEO who is controlling the search procedure wants someone who will be deferential towards him even though the person is not qualified for President Position. I have responsibility to help the Corporation in the process of hiring President. Stakeholders The 4 key stakeholders in this situation are- 1. Me who is a specialized recruiter for the firm 2. CEO of the Corporation 3. The Recruitment firm 4. The Corporation Alternatives In this situation we should evaluate the best possible alternatives that will solve the ethical problem. Three possible alternatives can be considered as solution. First of all, I can do everything the way the CEO wants. As a result there will not be any conflict. Also, the firm does not need to worry about the success of the hired person as it does not bear any legal liability. Second of all, take a stand against the CEO and tell everything to BOD about the unethical behavior of CEO. In this way, the Corporation will be aware of the mentality of CEO and may be punish him. Also, a good qualified candidate will be chosen to serve the Corporation which will enhance the profitability of the Corporation and reputation of the recruitment firm. Last of all, I can quit the job and let things happen the way the stronger party wants. At the end, I won’t blame myself for the unethical situation. Impact of the alternatives on Stakeholders The first alternative will give a light situation to handle for both the company. The CEO will get a President the way he wants. The chance of getting an inefficient President as a result of CEO is high which will hamper the reputation of the recruitment firm even though they don’t have any legal liability after hiring. Also, the Corporation will be in a high danger of facing loss. But, the firm will get a handsome payment package. Most importantly, the whole thing will be against my value system and which will affect my self-respect. The second alternative will fire a huge conflict between the CEO of the corporation and the recruitment firm. The CEO may be punished or gained so much support from BOD which will lead enormous problem for the firm. The firm will lose all the payment benefit depending on the BOD’s action towards CEO. My value system will not be hindered but there is a high possibility that I will lose my job. The last alternative will affect only me and my family. The CEO will get
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