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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

Business, Society, and Corporate Deviance
Business, society, and corporate deviance

The three highly dramatic cases of Maxwell, BCCI, and the S & Ls are doubtless far removed from the world of much small-scale business deviance (Barlow, 1993). But because of the detailed attention they have aroused, they do help to blow apart the rational and respectable myth of management to reveal parts of business as having a pervasive underside where top managers manipulate their companies, the regulators, and their environments for devious ends. More generally, accidents, scandals, public inquiries, and ‘whistle-blowers’ have helped expose misconduct in a broad spectrum of business organizations. For example, a number of well-known cases in recent decades have alerted us to deviance in certain industries and in relation to specific deviant ...

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