Conflicts of Interest or ‘Thou Shall Not Steal’ Revisited

December 1994, Vol 19, No 3

Abstract: Conflicts of interest are unavoidable everyday situations confronting professionals. The risk lies not only in reality but in perceptions and appearances, and the potential for damage is great. The appearance of a conflict may be the greater threat because it may go unrecognized until it is too late. The result may be the instant destruction of a carefully built reputation. This article explores a sample of circumstances in which conflicts or appearances of conflicts may arise. It addresses measures intended to minimize the danger.