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Dirty Business

Dirty Business
Exploring Corporate Misconduct: Analysis and Cases

320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Organizational misbehavior and crime have been neglected in the social sciences and business studies in particular. Material in this area is fragmentary, overly slanted to narrow external views--such as those of legal control and public policy. Dirty Business rectifies these imbalances by providing a broad sociological analysis of topics related to work, organizations, and management, together with major European case studies. This book draws on primary and secondary sources, years of teaching and interacting with managers, experiences in courses on crisis and disaster management, and insights from standard business ethics in practice. Part I critically examines the existing literature and dominant perspectives on organizational misbehavior and crime; Part II then presents 10 major cases that illustrate the analysis of the book; and Part III offers a new organizational perspective. Providing in-depth analysis of business deviance--its causes, effects, and possible solutions--blended with a rich collection of international case material, Dirty Business will be valuable reading for practitioners, students, and academics in management, organization studies, sociology, and criminology.
Management and Organizational Misbehaviour
Business, Society, and Corporate Deviance
White-Collar Crime and Organizational Deviance
Consequences and Control

Ten Cases of Corporate Deviance
Everything but Temptation
Tackling Business Crime

In today's changed globalizing business environment, it has become imperative for most small industries to grow quickly, merely in order to survive. The question is: How does one go about making growth happen? In this well researched book the author examines 10 cases of highly successful Indian enterprises run by first generation entrepreneurs to answer this important question.

`It is written in an accessible form and is reasonably priced....

Criminological and organisational material will be particularly useful, in addition to providing a useful source for criminology, law and sociology students' - British Journal of Criminology

`The core of this book is a set of ten case studies of "corporate deviance" from around the world, including the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, the Michael Milken scandal in Wall Street and the Guiness affair. Aimed at a business school readership, the author considers why individuals go "wrong" and the extent to which organisation culture influences behaviour' - Community Affairs Briefing

`From executive greed to criminal negligence, Dirty Business offers a masterful account of the great business debacles and disasters of modern times. A must read for all who want to understand - and prevent - corporate misconduct' - Michael Useem, University of Pennsylvania

Maurice E. Punch

Maurice Punch studied at the universities of Exeter, Cambridge, and Essex (MA 1966 and PhD 1972) and has worked at Essex University, University of Utrecht, SUNY Albany and Nyenrode University (The Netherlands Business School). After some 20 years in Dutch universities he became an independent researcher and consultant in 1994; in 1999 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Mannheim Centre at LSE where he teaches primarily in the areas of policing with special attention to police deviance; and also on corporate and white-collar crime.... More About Author

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