What are the concerns facing Ian?

On the ride to the airport, Ian kept thinking about what he might do.  Should he report Ellen to Human Resources?  The company had a process in place for such matters, but he was worried.  Ian did not know who he was dealing with; maybe Ellen would retaliate if he said something, especially since she would know who filed the complaint.  Plus, Ian was not sure what the consequences would be – he didn’t want to get her fired.  Ian only wanted Ellen to know how offensive the comments were. 




What are the concerns facing Ian?




What should Ian do and why?




What is the outcome of Ian’s response to the situation?




 If Ian reports Ellen, what happens then?




 If Ian does not report Ellen, what is the struggle within Ian’s mind?








Hofstede, G., Hofstede, G.J., Minkov, M. (2010). Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. New York: McGraw Hill.