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Clark Writes about Business Ethics

In a column about business ethics, SCOTT CLARK gives five scenarios about ethics, as part of an ethics quiz he frequently gives to his MBA students at the University of Iowa. He concludes that "major ethical problems usually begin with small infractions, but the end result is still the same. Ethics lapses caused by greed and a desire to take the fast track ultimately result in chaos. At a minimum you risk lost trust, productivity and profits; at the other extreme you risk the collapse of your company, incarceration and the kind of lifetime notoriety you would not wish upon your worst enemy."

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