Ron Jones, VP of a large construction firm, receives in the mail, a large envelope marked “personal & confidential”.  It contains a competitor’s cost data for a project that both firms will be bidding on shortly.  The data is accompanied by a note from one of Ron’s subordinates saying: “This is the real thing!”.  Ron knows that the data could be a major advantage to his firm preparing a bid than can win the contract.  What should he do?

Source:  Management for Productivity, by John R. Schermerhorn, Jr.

Working alone, make the requested decision (you are Ron).  Think carefully about your justification for the decision.  


What is the ethical issue?: Describe based on ethical parameters Ron’s issue.

Tests: Describe all 8 ethical bases.
Next steps: Describe possible steps for Ron including how to deal with his subordinate.