Print page

Convenience Triangle in White-Collar Crime

Case Studies of Fraud Examinations Petter Gottschalk, Professor, Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway
The ‘convenience triangle’ is the dynamic relationship between motive, opportunity, and willingness to commit a crime, which culminates in the illegal acts which constitute white-collar crime. This book aims to discuss the role of the ‘convenience triangle’ in white-collar crime, how it affects the perpetration of these crimes, the impact of this on detection and prevention and the effects of the punitive measures taken against white-collar criminals.
Extent: c 304 pp
Hardback Price: $135.00 Web: $121.50
Publication Date: June 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78990 092 7
Availability: Not yet published
$0.00

Buy the E-Book @ paperback price

  • eISBN: 978 1 78990 093 4

Join our mailing list

  • Business and Management
  • Business Ethics and Trust
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Crime and Corruption
  • Law - Academic
  • Corruption and Economic Crime
Studies have shown that the number of individuals being incarcerated for white-collar crime is on the rise, going hand-in-hand with an increase in support for punishment and imprisonment for white-collar offenders among the public. This book aims to discuss the role of the ‘convenience triangle’ in white-collar crime, how it affects the perpetration of these crimes, the impact of this on detection and prevention and the effects of the punitive measures taken against white-collar criminals.

The ‘convenience triangle’ is the dynamic relationship between motive, opportunity, and willingness to commit a crime, which culminates in the illegal acts that constitute white-collar crime. The relationship between these factors is explored through case studies highlighting each of these six causal relationships. Alongside this, the role of whistleblowing in the detection of white-collar crime, and the issue of incarceration for white collar criminals are discussed.

For students of business and management, this book will provide valuable insights into the motivation and practice of white-collar crime. Its insights and discussion will also prove valuable for practitioners, engaged in both management and crime prevention.
‘Petter Gottschalk provides a fresh conceptual framework for understanding the sources of motivation, organizational opportunities, and personal willingness underlying the choice to engage in white-collar crime – the “convenience triangle”. Drawing on a diversity of real-life cases, he illuminates how this model provides rich insights into the nature and control of financial fraud. This volume thus is criminologically sophisticated and policy relevant, making it essential reading for scholars and practitioners alike.’
– Francis T. Cullen, University of Cincinnati, US
Contents: Introduction 1. Stumbling Into Action research 2. Whistleblowing as Information Sources 3. Retaliation against Whistle-blowers 4. Crime in Religious Organizations 5. Convenience Triangle in Crime 6. When Fraud Examiners Fail 7. Special Sensitivity and Neutralization 8. Autobiographies by Offenders 9. Compensation of Victims 10. Case 1: Offence of the Sherriff 11. Case 2: Pelham Property Fraud 12. Case 3: Nigeria Petroleum Fraud 13: Case 4: Toshiba Accounting Misconduct 14: Case 5 Wells Fargo Sales Misconduct 15: Case 6: Fuji Xerox Customer Fraud 16. Case 7: Olympus Accounting Misconduct 17. Case 8: BP Claims Attorney Misconduct 18: Public Procurement Case 19: Executive Deviance 20. Conclusion References Index