Organizational Opportunity and Deviant Behavior

Convenience in White-Collar Crime

Petter Gottschalk, Professor, Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway

Ever since Sutherland coined the term ‘white-collar crime’, researchers have struggled to understand and explain why some individuals abuse their privileged positions of trust and commit financial crime. This book makes a novel contribution to the development of convenience theory as a framework to understand and explain ‘white-collar crime’.

‘What is particularly inspiring by this work is that it looks at white-collar crime proactively as opposed to reactively, something that legal scholars sometimes fail to do. In this regard, this book’s use of convenience theory provides a new landscape for evaluating this criminality.’
– Ellen S. Podgor, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

‘While Edwin Sutherland has been credited with initiating the theoretical examination of white collar and economic crime, Petter Gottschalk, through this book and his many articles, has established himself as the contemporary and premiere expert in this matter. This enlightening book will allow criminal justice practitioners and researchers, criminologists, sociologists, government leaders and others interested in the field of financial crime to better grasp the underlying causes, theoretical explanations and practical solutions for this all too common, but highly underreported, criminal behavior.’
– James F. Albrecht, NYPD Captain (ret.) and Professor, Pace University (NYC), US

‘A comprehensive and insightful analysis of the complexities surrounding the causes, consequences, and control of individual level white-collar crime and organizational level corporate crime. Situating his analysis in convenience theory, Gottschalk summarizes and synthesizes an enormous body of literature from both American and European researchers and presents original case studies of white-collar crime in Norway that are sure to be of value for white-collar crime scholars and students worldwide.’
– Michael L. Benson, University of Cincinnati, US

‘This innovative exposition explains white collar crime to be a convenient option for perpetrators and as driven by financial desire, organisational opportunity and deviant behaviour. It deserves to be read.’
– Colin C. Williams, Sheffield University Management School, UK

2017 256 pp Hardback 978 1 78811 187 4 £85.00 £76.50 $125.00 $112.50

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