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What is considered to be unethical behavior in project management?

What are the things that project managers (or other stakeholders) can do and that are considered unethical behavior in project management? Can someone give me a list?

And also, does this list vary from one country/culture to the other? (for example, bribing, which is common in project management, is socially acceptable in some countries while it's punishable by law in other countries)
asked 10 years ago by anonymous

2 Answers

PMI has created a code of ethics for you to follow.  You can view a copy at Project Management Institute Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct ap_pmicodeofethics. PMI is committed to this code and receives and reviews violations.  The code consists of both mandatory and aspirational standards.  It applies to all PMI members, credential holders and applicants, and volunteers -- basically anyone connected to the organization.  This code applies globally.
answered 10 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)
Here are the things that are considered to be unethical in project management:

- Bribing
- Framing/Scapegoating your team members or other managers
- Withholding critical information that is vital to the project
- Creating a fictitious company whose main purpose is to supply materials for the project, and directly or indirectly benefiting from this company
- Using your power in the project to pursue illegal activities
- Force team members to do things that they are not comfortable with

I know for a fact that bribes are the norm, rather than the exception, in some parts of the world, but they are still unethical as they are always done under the table.

If something is wrong somewhere in the business world, then it's wrong everywhere. We live in a highly connected world, let's not forget about that!
answered 10 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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