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You are the purchasing manager of a midsize firm. You receive an invitation from one of your suppliers to attend a three-day, all-expenses-paid, informational seminar on new technologies in Miami, Florida. The session is located close to your best friend's home outside Miami. When you arrive at the seminar, it turns out that only about eight hours of relevant technical information will be spread out over the three-day seminar. You plan on going to the seminar at those times, but your friend wants you to play golf and go to Epcot Center when you are not in the seminar. You overhear a rumor that your company may be honored at some point for all the business it has done with the supplier. Is it ethical for you to be there or not? Is it right for you to leave for a while with your friend? Do you explain the situation to the supplier host? Why or why not?

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It is not at all ethical for me to leave the seminar for personal reasons. As I am on official duty and representing the company in the seminar and have been officially sent by the company to attend the seminar, it is extremely important and ethical for me to present at the seminar, even though a part of is not relevant for my organization. It is not right for me to leave with my friend ...

Solution Summary

You are the purchasing manager of a midsize firm. You receive an invitation from one of your suppliers to attend a three-day, all-expenses-paid, informational seminar on new technologies in Miami, Florida. The session is located close to your best friend's home outside Miami. When you arrive at the seminar, it turns out that only about eight hours of relevant technical information will be spread out over the three-day seminar. You plan on going to the seminar at those times, but your friend wants you to play golf and go to Epcot Center when you are not in the seminar. You overhear a rumor that your company may be honored at some point for all the business it has done with the supplier. Is it ethical for you to be there or not? Is it right for you to leave for a while with your friend? Do you explain the situation to the supplier host? Why or why not?

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