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What is the definition of an ethical project manager?

I am a project manager of 10 years now and I often work in 3rd world countries where bribing officials is the norm rather the exception. Where is the line between ethics and performing my duties as a project manager? Without bribing these people, the project will be stuck and will never proceed.

I don't feel guilt or shame, and I have no problems with my conscience as nobody gets hurt and this is the way to do things over there (actually in my opinion, bribery exists in all countries but in different forms and at different levels).

So am I an ethical project manager or not? Or should I, in my case, choose between being ethical and being a project manager?
asked 9 years ago by anonymous

1 Answer

The best formal example of ethics for project management is maintained by the Project Management Institute: http://www.pmi.org/PDF/ap_pmicodeofethics.pdf.  In some cultures, it is the norm or custom to require payments to officials to move the project forward.  If this behavior is the norm for the culture you are working in, then you are behaving ethically.
answered 9 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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