A manager's dilemma : corruption-related decision-making
Thesis DisciplineBusiness Administration
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Commerce
This thesis explores the meaning of corruption and bribery and its occurrence during the interface between corporate business managers and public officials. It attempts to understand the motives behind their corrupt acts for mutual gain and explores the damage corruption can inflict upon organisations, managers and society. A conceptual distinction between "active and passive" corruption is proposed in order to comprehend the role of a bribe-giving business manager. The concept of a "stakeholder" is broadened to redefine stakeholder issues and corporate social responsibility more comprehensively. My work seeks to motivate an internal review of a manager's persona as a corruption-control function rather than rely on external corruption-control mechanisms alone. It examines the managerial need for a decision-making tool that could help business managers take corruption-related decisions without violating a stakeholder's human rights across diverse nations, cultures and business situations. This thesis provides an objective managerial decision-making tool to assist managers discharge their global stakeholder responsibilities from a human rights perspective in their day-to-day encounters with corruption and bribery.