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Charting Corporate Corruption
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Charting Corporate Corruption

Agency, Structure and Escalation

9781847205162 Edward Elgar Publishing
Peter Fleming, Cass Business School, City University, London, UK and Stelios C. Zyglidopoulos, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, UK
Publication Date: 2009 ISBN: 978 1 84720 516 2 Extent: 176 pp
In the post-Enron era, corporate corruption is increasingly on the research agenda. This informative book provides a novel approach by charting the causes of corruption. It demonstrates how agency (decisions and choices of individuals) and structure (the contextual pressures in the business environment) can interact to result in the rapid escalation of corporate crime. By analyzing and describing the social psychological dimensions of this escalation, the book will be effective in creating preventive measures that can be designed and implemented in business organizations.

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In the post-Enron era, corporate corruption has increasingly featured on the research agenda. This informative book provides a novel approach by charting the actual causes of corruption.

This highly topical volume demonstrates how agency (the decisions and choices of individuals) and structure (the contextual pressures in the business environment) can interact to result in the rapid escalation of corporate crime and corruption. By analysing and describing the social–psychological dimensions of this escalation, the book prescribes preventive measures that can be adapted and implemented by business organizations.

Loaded with case studies and prospective solutions, Charting Corporate Corruption will be valuable to post-graduates studying business ethics, sociology and psychology, and to researchers seeking new theories and concepts in this field.
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Contents: Preface Introduction: The Enigma of Corporate Corruption 1. ‘Bad Apple’ Approaches to Organizational Corruption 2. Rationalization, Self-Deception and Corruption 3. ‘When Giants Stumble’: Agency, Rationalization and the Ruin of Barings Bank 4. ‘Bad Barrel’ Perspectives on Corporate Corruption 5. Environmental Pressures Towards Corruption 6. Structure and the 2002 Accounting Scandals 7. The Escalation of Corruption in Organizations 9. Conclusion: Individuals, Organizations and the Political Economy of the Firm References Index
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