Case #1: Ensure one’s personal relationships do not interfere with objective judgment in UAB decisions.
A school administrator asked James to take part in evaluating and selecting a supplier for new computer equipment for the school. James agreed to do so. In advance of the first committee meeting, James received a packet of information containing bids provided from a number of companies. Included was a company for whom his good friend, Charles, was the sales manager.
What should James do?
- Review all bids, and recommend the least expensive supplier, even if that is Charles’ company.
- Immediately notify the school administrator and disclose his personal relationship with Charles.
- Review all bids other than the one from Charles’ company and make a recommendation based on the merits of the proposals.