Case Study

Skanska CS (C): Money for nothing

1 pages
July 2013
Reference: IMD-3-2368

This case is part of a series to demonstrate different ethical dilemma that employees of Skanska CS were facing after Dan Tok took over as CEO and was mandated to transform and align the practices of the Czech division to the corporate “no ethical breaches” culture. This particular case illustrates a situation where the Director of the Skanska Slovak subsidiary is asked to help resolve a dilemma that her subordinate is facing during a bidding process: the employee was personally offered a bribe by a public official to withdraw from bidding for a pipeline project worth €1.5 million.

Learning Objective
  • To reflect on ethical dilemmas and enhance discussion about responsibility of leaders, individual implications and consequences of living up to the values set by the company as well as the price it costs to “fight the system”.
Corruption, Ethics, Construction
Eastern Europe
Skanska, Construction and Engineering
Field Research
© 2013
Available Languages
Related material
Teaching note, Video
Case clearing houses
IMD case studies are distributed through case clearing houses. In order to browse the collection and purchase copies please visit the links below.

The Case Centre

Cranfield University

Wharley End Beds MK43 0JR, UK
Tel +44 (0)1234 750903
Email [email protected]

Harvard Business School Publishing

60 Harvard Way, Boston MA 02163, USA
Tel (800) 545-7685 Tel (617)-783-7600
Fax (617) 783-7666
Email [email protected]

Asia Pacific Case Center

NUCB Business School

1-3-1 Nishiki Naka
Nagoya Aichi, Japan 460-0003
Tel +81 52 20 38 111
Email [email protected]


Research Information & Knowledge Hub for additional information on IMD publications

2013 EFMD HIGHLY COMMENDED MENTION (Category: Responsible Leadership)
Looking for something specific?
IMD's faculty and research teams publish articles, case studies, books and reports on a wide range of topics