Organization Management Journal


With the series of ethics scandals over the last decade, more and more companies have created, updated, or clarified their corporate codes of conduct. Yet even though tougher and more detailed guidelines are in place, managers often find themselves questioning the validity and application of some rules in certain situations. In particular, when managers experience a disconnect between company rules and what is actually occurring on the job, they are faced with the choice of whether or not to adhere to the rules, or bend or break them. This inbasket exercise simulates a day in the life of a corporate manager who faces such a challenge, and provides participants with the opportunity to experience real-world ethical dilemmas and to assess their own views in relation to them. It is designed primarily for use with graduate students or upper-division undergraduates.