Tactical, Operational & Strategic Analysis of Markets, Competitors & Industries
I am taking a business ethics class this summer and have to do a term paper on something related to business ethics. I am thinking about doing competitive intelligence/economic espionage. If you know of any books or articles on this subject, I would greatly appreciate it if you would point me in the right direction. Thanks!
To add to Miguel’s clarification:
- Economic espionage is conducted by governments against foreign targets. (e.g. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army hacks into Google and steals its source code.)
- Industrial/Corporate espionage is conducted by corporations against another target corporation. (e.g. Alpha Corporation pays $20,000 to a product manager at Zeta Industries for designs of Zeta’s latest and greatest widget.)
These are conceptual distinctions; in reality the line between the two is often blurry.
For a business ethics topic involving CI collection activity vs. industrial espionage, look no further than the dumpster diving debate.
As others have mentioned, these are two very different subjects, and do not deserve to be conjoined by a "/". The one is legal, and hopefully conducted ethically, and the other illegal and beyond the pale. Just as no one would seriously suggest, when writing about the procurement of raw materials, that one possible method of procuring them is to steal them, so too, when discussing CI, there is no place for bringing in a discussion of industrial espionage. Just because so many journalists and some CI practitioners are confused on this point doesn't lend it any legitimacy.
There are still plenty of ethical issues to consider even when one stays firmly on the "legal" side of the line ...
I have attached a paper for your information. I hope this helps you.