Results 1 to 8 of 8
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Dec 2011
    • Posts: 327
    #1

    "Conflict of interest"

    Hi,

    I am not quite sure about the usage of the phrase "conflict of interest". When I looked it up on Wiki, it gave me an outrageously long definition like those written by professors from business schools. So my question is, can that mean what it seems literally?
    For example. " If you are working in a company, you and your co-workers will inevitably have some conflicts of interest." Does this sentence make sense?

    Thank you!

  1. Roman55's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • France

    • Join Date: Feb 2014
    • Posts: 2,309
    #2

    Re: "Conflict of interest"

    I am not a teacher.

    No, it doesn't really make sense.

    "If you are working in a company, you and your co-workers will inevitably have some conflicts." makes more sense, although it isn't inevitable.

    A 'conflict of interests' is about the conflicting interests of a person or organization, not the conflict between the interests of different people or organizations.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #3

    Re: "Conflict of interest"

    If you are a judge, for example, and you are also the owner of stock in a company, then you have a conflict of interest if a case comes to your court that involves this company.

    You have one interest in the company doing well so that you will profit from your investment.
    You have another interest in seeing that justice is done for the people of your country in your courtroom.

    Any ethical judge will recuse himself from the court case (have another judge handle the case) because of the conflict of interests.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,864
    #4

    Re: "Conflict of interest"

    A conflict of interest is something that may prevent you from acting in an impartial or unbiased manner. A politician in the UK who was on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee recently was accused of this because he was being paid by energy companies.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Dec 2011
    • Posts: 327
    #5

    Re: "Conflict of interest"

    So would it make sense if I write it as "employees working in the same company may have some sort of conflicts related to personal interest (e.g. only one opportunity for promotion at a time and etc." ?

  2. riquecohen's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil

    • Join Date: Aug 2010
    • Posts: 6,002
    #6

    Re: "Conflict of interest"

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    So would it make sense if I write it as "employees working in the same company may have some sort of conflicts related to personal interest (e.g. only one opportunity for promotion at a time and etc." ?
    No. Please reread posts 3 and 4 for excellent examples.

  3. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #7

    Re: "Conflict of interest"

    "Conflict of interest" is a fixed phrase with a specific meaning. It does not apply to routine workplace disputes.

  4. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,091
    #8

    Re: "Conflict of interest"

    A conflict of interest happens in one person. It has nothing to do with conflicts between people or conflicts between a person and a company. It's a conflict between one interest of a person and another interest.
    "Interest" here doesn't mean something you are interested in. It means something you have a stake in, or a responsibility for. It's an ethical matter.
    I'm tempted to give another example, but it wouldn't be any better than those of posts #3 and #4.
    LeTyan, what do understand about the conflict in either Dave's or Tdol's example?

Similar Threads

  1. Why is the phrase "a place of interest" translated as "a place famous for its scenery
    By Mumuqi in forum Analysing and Diagramming Sentences
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 23-May-2013, 16:02
  2. Why is the phrase "a place of interest" translated as "a place famous for its scener
    By Mumuqi in forum Analysing and Diagramming Sentences
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 22-May-2013, 19:50
  3. family conflict over the phrase " may you help me"
    By hhdirectr in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 23-Jun-2009, 15:30
  4. Conflict of interest
    By nyggus in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-Jun-2006, 19:53
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Jul-2005, 13:00

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •