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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

Everything but Temptation
Everything but temptation

I think the boys could resist everything but temptation.

(General Electric executive following antitrust case: Geis, 1982: 136)
Shadow Boxing: Learning to Live with Ambiguity

This book set out to argue the case that business is criminogenic. This echoes Clarke's contention that ‘crime and misconduct are endemic to business and that the key to understanding them lies in recognizing the structure that the business environment gives to misconduct, both in terms of opportunities and in terms of how misconduct is managed’ (1990: 8).

This implies that we have to examine the nature of business, the realities of organizational life, the dilemmas of management, and the manners and morals of managers in their daily working lives. In general, the business organization is perceived as making a ...

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