The Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge
has a great article on beneficial rule breaking. When is it acceptable for management to look the other way or encourage actions that are questionable ethically? The article looks at these moral gray zone actions as management tools and shows examples of both beneficial rule breaking actions and those don't produce a net benefit.
From the text:
Gray zones emerge when official company rules are repeatedly broken with, at minimum, a supervisor's tacit or explicit approval," says Anteby.
The article is quite interesting and you can check it out here
. Let us know what accepted rule breaking is going on in your company in the comments.
Source: HBS Working Knowledge