Conflict of Interest: The Common Thread Underlying Ethical Lapses

Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies, 2005, Vol. 10 (1), 4-8

5 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2013

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Robert Bell

Finance and Business Management Dept.

Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business; CUNY - The Graduate Center

Date Written: March 1, 2005

Abstract

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 no common lessons to be learned. The authors posit that, were it not for the presence of conflict of interest, these abuses might never have occurred.

Keywords: conflicts of interest, ethics, business education, investment banking, accounting industry, pharmaceutical industry, Pentagon

JEL Classification: A22, A23, G18, G21, G28, M14

Suggested Citation

Bell, Robert and Friedman, Hershey H. and Friedman, Linda Weiser, Conflict of Interest: The Common Thread Underlying Ethical Lapses (March 1, 2005). Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies, 2005, Vol. 10 (1), 4-8. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2351636

Robert Bell

Finance and Business Management Dept. ( email )

2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
United States

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business ( email )

17 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States

HOME PAGE: http://cisnet.baruch.cuny.edu/friedman/

CUNY - The Graduate Center

365 Fifth Avenue
New York,, NY 10016
United States

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