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Entries in behavioral science (13)


Tom Fox: White collar criminals and their flagrant rationalizations

In one of the most interesting looks at what makes a compliance program tick and why, Todd Haugh, an assistant professor of business law and ethics at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, said that even best-practices compliance programs fail to take into account the importance of eliminating rationalizations.

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Carolina Pineda Martinez: Compliance folks aren't the ‘Bonus Prevention Department’

The real world isn't just good guys and bad guys. There’s a story behind every compliance problem, and even though it may not excuse anyone's behavior, it should be a reminder that people just like us make mistakes -- sometimes really big mistakes.

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Alice BrightSky: Why people commit white collar crimes (and how to stop them)

We’ve all heard of them -- the Bernie Madoffs and Michael Milkens whose cinematic crimes have painted our perception of white-collar criminality.

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Dr. Alexander Stein: The Psychology of Integrity and Corruption

A recent FCPA Blog post written by Bart Soenens, a tenured academic researcher at the University of Gent in the Netherlands and Jeroen Michels, a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, posed the question “what exactly is the nature of human morality?” They also asked “are we hardwired for corruption or for integrity?"

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Soenens and Michels: Are we hardwired for corruption or for integrity?

While one corruption scandal follows another, committed integrity defenders are relying more and more on behavioral sciences to design compliance systems and anti-corruption policy measures.

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Dr. Alexander Stein: We are what we hide

Martin Kenney and I wrote a post for the FCPA Blog recently called "How, then, do we stop the fraudsters among us?". The post is structured as a conversation between us regarding psychodynamic and other non-conventional approaches to compliance and fraud. I’m quoted as saying “everyone is a fraudster.” 

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Epic CEO fails: From chronically poor judgment to disguised malice

Susan Divers’ recent post on the FCPA Blog about toxic tone at the top and corporate train wrecks illustrates the importance of CEOs and senior managers listening to and heeding the advice of their compliance team.

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Davide Torsello: How do employees from corrupt organizations view their companies’ cultures?

We conducted research on 30 corporate corruption FCPA cases resulting from SEC investigations and sanctions over the last 15 years. The aim of this research was to uncover what negative features these organizations have in their cultures.

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Martin Kenney: How, then, do we stop the fraudsters among us?

When I read the FCPA Blog post by Caveni Wong (Who Cheats? Most of us, it turns out) I contacted Dr. Alexander Stein.

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Davide Torsello: Yes, our culture is corrupt. Now what?

One day, while doing ethnographic research in Southern Italy, I interviewed the mayor of a town in which there had been investigations of corruption related to the use of public infrastructure funds.

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I get it. We've got to have anonymous hotlines

I want to thank those who contributed comments to my post, "Hotlines inhibit honest feedback, and other reasons people clam up." The ideas in the post, as I shared, run counter to the conventional wisdom of why organizations deploy anonymous hotlines, and their value.

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Hotlines inhibit honest feedback, and other reasons people clam up

Compliance professionals often ask me how they can better communicate with their front-line teams. I usually respond, “Bring them in, ask them about the real risks they face, and the more upset you are by what you hear, the better that conversation is going.”

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