Jim Teague in Tanzania Essay

2780 Words Sep 3rd, 2013 12 Pages
Jim Teague, an MBA associate with a diploma in engineering, is hired for a summer internship in rural Africa to be an officer of a U.S- based social investment firm that is looking for an important agribusiness project in Africa. A small successful company in Tanzania “KiraFlour” is in the run for being financed by AgriFund. Upon his arrival in Tanzania, he is faced upon two issues: KiraFlour faces some major health-safety issues with the risks of spreading E-coli among the population. Another problem Jim Teague is facing is the fact that he does not know exactly whether the company that identified the potential contamination of E-coli found a real problem or is just looking for a payoff as Baba is stipulating. The quandary
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The third rule is to look for legal and ethical ways to meet the person needs without bribing. Gesteland gives three examples of ways to do that: offer an expense paid visit to the home country or offer training course in home country, make an accommodate donation, and finally do something personal for the person. In Jim’s case knowing that the officer arrested him illegally without no reason he could have done him a favor by doing something personal for the officer such as invite him to the restaurant if he let him go or offer him a pass for an event. The fourth rule is to find some creative ways to attend your goals without jeopardizing your integrity. Jim Teague could have found some ways not to bribe the officer by using his head. The fifth rule is to know the culture of the country in question. By knowing exactly how the Tanzanian culture works, he could have avoided to give away Baba’s CD and still get away without any problem.
What action should Jim recommend to his U. S. supervisor, Allen? In proposing a responsible solution, consider international standards for business practices, the varying impacts, determine the economic outcomes, consider the legal requirements, and evaluate ethical obligations. How would you communicate your decision to Baba?

Before making his decisions, Jim should consider international

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