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Dirty Business

Exploring Corporate Misconduct: Analysis and Cases


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Dirty Business by Maurice E. Punch
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This text explores organizational deviance, its damaging consequences and the opportunities for organizational misbehaviour provided by deregulation and globalization. Ten major case studies are provided through which the practices, mechanisms and explanations of deviance can be analyzed. Moving from the classic but still extremely illuminating goodrich Brake scandal to more recent scandals such as Guinness in UK, Calvi in Italy and RSV in The Netherlands, the author highlights the range of deviance from deliberately criminal to less deliberate - and no less culpable - mismanagement. He also analyzes the market, competitive, organizational and personal factors which can lead to corporate and managerial misconduct. Throughout the author is concerned with the question "why do good managers turn to dirty business?". A discussion of issues compliance and control and how corporate misconduct might be tackled rounds off the book.

Author Biography

Maurice Punch, previously Professor of Sociology at Nijenrode, The Netherlands School of Business, is now an independent scholar and consultant. He has published extensively in the area of business ethics and organizational crime.
Release date NZ
September 27th, 1996
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
SAGE Publications Ltd
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