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Drawing on both theory and major case studies, this book provides a much-needed sociological and comparative analysis of the world of the manager in the context of misconduct within business organizations. Organizational misbehaviour and crime have been relatively neglected in the social sciences, particularly in business studies. Analyses have tended to be fragmentary, overly slanted towards narrow external views - such as those of legal control and public policy - and predominantly North American. Dirty Business rectifies this by offering a broad sociological perspective related to work, organizations and management, supported by a range of key international case studies. In developing his arguments, Maurice Punch

Management and Organizational Misbehaviour
Management and organizational misbehaviour

Business has a dirty side. On those occasions when the veil of corporate respectability and probity is lifted, we are able to witness a world where managers lie, cheat, manipulate, dissemble, and deceive. In terms of everyday social interaction, in which we all engage in a measure of concealment and impression management (Goffman, 1959), this makes managers no different than the rest of us. The difference lies in the control over powerful resources that managers enjoy and the potentially deleterious consequences of their misconduct in the corporations that they run. This must raise our acute concern, because some companies have killed, maimed, gassed, poisoned, and blown up people while others have robbed us. There are, in contrast, ‘clean’ and ...

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