Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society

Volume 29, 2018

Proceedings of the Twenty-Ninth Annual Meeting

Paul Dunn
Pages 65-70

Deloitte and the Ethics of Corporate Espionage

The purpose of this paper is to begin a discussion of the ethical aspects of corporate espionage by examining the behaviour of a major accounting firm (Deloitte) with respect to its acquisition of a rival consulting firm (BearingPoint) through the use of competitive intelligence. The techniques used by Deloitte were questionable. But where they unethical? Arguments are presented both pro and con with the overall conclusion that Deloitte did not act in the public interest.