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Reference no. 9-394-056
Compact case
Published by:
Harvard Business Publishing (1993)
Version:
8 October 1993
Length:
4 pages
Data source:
Field research

Abstract

A young investment banker returns home one night to find that her roommate and best friend has been laid off from Universal Bank because Universal is shutting down its capital finance group. Her roommate makes her promise to keep this information confidential because the news is not to be disclosed to the market for several days. The protaganist knows, however, that Universal's capital finance group is collaborating with her own investment bank on a leveraged buyout deal and that Universal's withdrawal could have potentially disastrous ramifications for the deal if her own investment bank is not notified immediately. She must decide whether to break her promise to her friend or to remain silent and expose her own company to great risk.

Topics

Business ethics; Conflicts of interest; Decision making; Interpersonal relations; Leveraged buyouts; Organizational culture; Risk; Values
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1989

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