General Motors Case Study Answers

“George Williams owns an automotive parts supply company in Southfield, MI. His largest customer is General Motors. Recently, George has set up a parts distribution center in Thailand due to cheap labor, a highly skilled workforce, and central access to a shipping port. He also hired a local consultant to help him set up. On arrival, George was faced with a dilemma, his consultant Mr. Sumardi, was unable to get the parts moved from the dock that is partly owned by the government and a private company named Sati Shipping. When they went to speak with said company they were demanded to pay $300 or else the parts would not be able to be moved.”. George is faced with making an ethical decision. Should he pay the $300 bribe, even though General Motors has a strict policy of not paying bribes to foreign officials? Or should he fail his company and himself for not being able to deliver outstanding value to his customers, something he prides himself with doing. George must follow an ethical decision making process. He is being pulled in two different directions, a useful strategy would be to honor his values while listening to his drives. Now George values himself as being dependable and he is driven by excellence. With that being said George should not pay the bribe simple as that. …show more content…
George is a principled businessman; and although, paying the bribe would allow him to be able to meet his quota and not fail to deliver to his biggest customer, paying the bribe would also tarnish his image and possibly have customers lose faith in him. There is a total of six different ethical decision-making approaches. After learning these approaches my decision for George not to pay the bribe stayed in place. It did not change because I believe it would be the best decision for him and doing otherwise would be strongly damaging to him and his career. Whether that damage be seen right away or brought into the light in the future it would still have the same

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