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Making it Work at Work: A Guide to Career Development and Fulfillment (Collection) by Alan Lurie, Kevin Elko, Edward G. Muzio, Deborah J. Fisher, Erv Thomas, Gregory Shea, Robert E. Gunther

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The Superior Object: Resolving Conflicts of Interest

Consider the following scenarios:

Scenario 1: A new potential client calls to ask you to come in for an interview for a significant project. You are currently providing similar services to another company that is their direct competition. You believe that the new potential client does not know about this, and you suspect that if they knew, they might not hire you. You tell yourself:

“Since our work is confidential, it is unlikely that either side will ever know. Besides, working for competing companies is standard practice in the market today.”

Should you go to the interview?

Scenario 2: You work for a small company and are responsible for procuring construction services. You recently ...

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