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Everybody chastising McKinsey for Purdue pharma, should ask the question if your company would have done anything differently? Would you have done differently if you are on that team? I am not defending McKinsey. I am just curious on the “holier than though” posts making the rounds. We all do work for Big Pharma, Big Tech, Defense, Big Agri - all who peddle in morally ambiguous business.

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I don’t blame the Business Analyst or Consultant level in this case - once staffed this would be a hard one for some who are just starting their careers to pull out of. The leadership on the case though (Principals and Partners) absolutely have blame and accountability for this. I’ve certainly worked with folks back in my BCG days at the Partner level that I found to not have the same morals as myself even in terms of how far to push basic capitalism and the answer is quite easy - stop working with them. Following the right leaders at these firms makes it quite easy to avoid ethical dilemmas I’ve found.

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I don’t mean it’s hard because there are no ways out or flexibility, I mean it’s hard because of the perceived risks to ones own career, relationships in the firm, etc. Not saying that isn’t the right call to make but a BA or Consultant is in a tougher spot early in career to make these calls vs leadership who have complete accountability in shaping the work, the client relationship, etc.

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Yes we would have. We turn clients away who we have ethical problems with. We spend more time on ethics than any other subject. We would never do such a thing ib a million years. And if we did every single low level consultant has the ability to put their foot down and stop it. We have an ethics hotline run by a third party to avoid conflicts of interest. I am personally very comfortable speaking candidly to the head of my practice. If I had to bring it to the board or the CEO, I could and they would be receptive. This would never happen at my firm in a million years

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