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Reference no. IMD-1-0278
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Institute for Management Development (IMD) (2008)
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This is part of a case series. In November 2006, 200 German policemen and prosecutors raided 30 offices and homes of Siemens managers to investigate allegations of embezzlement at Siemens' fixed-line phone unit. In the wake of internal investigations started at the end of 2006, Siemens finally admitted to having identified dubious payments amounting to 1.3 billion euros from the years 1999 to 2006. As a result, Siemens replaced all but one of its managing board members. At the end of July 2008, a former sales manager at Siemens' telecoms division, was convicted for his role in setting up the slush funds used to win contracts. The same day, the supervisory board approved the recommendations a well-known law firm to sue almost all executive committee members in charge between 2003 and 2006. Learning objectives: to introduce students to the issues surrounding corruption in international business.


Bribes; Slush funds; Ethics; Corruption; International business; Laws and regulations
400,000 employees worldwide
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