Mccaskey Case Analysis Essay

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Martha McCaskey case analysis
Background
McCaskey, 29, a HBS graduate, worked in the Seleris’s Industry Analysis Division (IAD), a consulting firm in San Francisco branch. Her jobs were to analyst and report the competitive advantages of competitor companies to her clients. The employees of this company were separated into two groups, old and new guard. The members in old guard such as Rendall and Kaufmann often paid ex-employees of target companies to obtain highly sensitive information. IAD’s top manager, Tom Malone, knew the company situation and knew how to play the game.
Issue
In Silicon 6 project, she had to get the secret information about the new chip manufacturing process and the cost structure for her biggest and oldest
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In my opinion, this company is not good enough to work with for several reasons. First, top managers had no ethics. For example, they took company’s bonus for themselves. Second, there are many illegal actions that might lead to lawsuit. And finally, if top manager from head quarter in Chicago know about these illegal actions, they cannot let this situation continue and she, as a member of the conspiracy action, might be get fired.

However, I recommend that she must finish this project. To get the new jobs, she needs excellent working experience and a good reference letter from Malone. So, she has to show responsibility as a project leader. She can talk to Malone that she has no experience on this situation and ask for help from her colleague, Kaufmann. She doesn’t have to blame herself at all on doing this because this action can be considered as a manager’s decision. With this way, she can finish the project and get promoted to be a group manager. And this promotion will show the progress in her career path which is very important for her new job application.

On the other hand, I do not recommend her to voice her concern on the any upper level. Apparently, Richard and Malone are in the same boat. They do not consider getting information this way to be illegal or to be unethical. By doing so, she cannot stop the current behavior of Industry Analysis Division. If she asks for help from the people in head

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