Case | HBS Case Collection | June 1990 (Revised March 1991)

Jonah Creighton (A)

by Anne Donnellon and Joshua D. Margolis


How do you manage yourself and your interaction with others when you feel your personal values challenged? What should you be aware of as you proceed with sensitive, ethical issues? Jonah Creighton coordinates the company's fast-track training program, and when he tries to place some participants at two of the company's overseas divisions, he learns of their discriminatory hiring practices. He finds this deeply troubling and attempts to have the issue addressed by his supervisor and others at the company. As he tries to act in accordance with his personal standards and convictions, his relationship with his supervisor deteriorates, and he feels increasingly uncertain about his future at the company. People do not seem to be responding to the problems he sees, and Jonah wonders how to proceed.

Keywords: Business Divisions; Ethics; Moral Sensibility; Values and Beliefs; Human Resources; Selection and Staffing; Problems and Challenges;


Donnellon, Anne, and Joshua D. Margolis. "Jonah Creighton (A)." Harvard Business School Case 490-090, June 1990. (Revised March 1991.)