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

Tackling Business Crime

Tackling business crime

As Geis has remarked, the corporation in essence says: ‘I didn't do it, but I won't do it again’.

(Braithwaite, 1984: 15)

The material presented in this book does have implications for that at times seemingly insoluble issue, how do you deal with business crime/deviance? (The reader is referred to the following for further detailed treatment of this area: Levi, 1987; Clarke, 1990; Reiss, 1983; Braithwaite, 1989; Fisse and Braithwaite, 1993; Tonry and Reiss, 1993; Jamieson, 1994; Wells, 1994.) In the light of what has been said here it may even seem that corporations are inevitably and incorrigibly devious and manipulative, that regulation is routinely inadequate, and that effective control of business is, therefore, unattainable. Indeed, an analysis based on the everyday ...

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