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Entries in behavioral science (16)

Wednesday
May232018

Joseph Pozsgai-Alvarez on the judiciary: Do ethics programs create corruption?

We've all heard the question before: Does corruption work as grease in the wheels or as sand?

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Friday
Apr272018

Guendalina Dondé: But why do some people do good things?

Forget the idea that human beings are perfectly rational. People do not always make consistent decisions based on strict logic or narrow self-interest. Human behavior is complex and emotions and intuition have a significant role to play in individual decision-making.

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Wednesday
Apr252018

Alison Taylor: Compliance could be perfect if it didn't involve people

For the last several years, academic attention has converged on questions of behavioral ethics, and the findings are robust and sophisticated.

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Friday
Sep292017

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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Tuesday
Apr112017

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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Monday
Mar202017

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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Thursday
Jan052017

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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Tuesday
Dec272016

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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Monday
Aug082016

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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Monday
Aug012016

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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Thursday
Jul282016

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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Wednesday
Jul202016

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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