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Bribes in Business: Ethics of paying them or not

Topic of the chapter: Bribes and extortions of business

Case: I am the U.S. manager of a subsidiary in a developing country. When you come back to the U.S. after home leave, the curb check-in attendent at LAX airport points out that the 4 boxes of documents and one suitcase you are asking him to check in exceed the two pieces of luggage you are allowed without charge. His hand, however looks suprisingly open. Do you dill it? why or why not?

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Topic of the chapter: Bribes and extortions of business

Case: I am the U.S. manager of a subsidiary in a developing country. When you come back to the U.S. after home leave, the curb check-in attendent at LAX airport points out that the 4 boxes of documents and one suitcase you are asking him to check in exceed the two pieces of luggage you are allowed without charge. His hand, however looks suprisingly open. Do you dill it? why or why not?

I would pay the bribe because it is practical to do so. Otherwise, I may be fined and my company may incur large losses. This rule of having two pieces of luggage is impractical and makes the luggage pieces very bulky. This needs to be avoided.
Ethical questions range from practical, narrowly defined issues, such as a company's obligation to be honest with its customers, to broader social and philosophical questions, such as a company's responsibility to preserve the environment and protect employee rights. Many ...

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The solution expresses an opinion but also explains the business ethics of paying the bribe.

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