The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics Case Series

After two successful years of consulting work, Sonya lands a job at a US-based petroleum company. She thrives in the firm's corporate culture, and is soon promoted and transferred abroad to a developing country. However, she discovers that her firm has budgeted $5 million for "legal" consulting - in essence, a payment to the local government. When Sonya pursues the issue with her manager, he suggests that she leave her post and get more experience back home. Through an analysis of Sonya's experience, this case explores about how one might navigate the challenges presented by such an ethical dilemma.

Case id: 070601
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