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Unit information: Organizational Crime and Corruption in 2020/21

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Unit name Organizational Crime and Corruption
Unit code EFIM30047
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Klimecki
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of the unit is to explore organizational crime and corruption as an integral component of contemporary business and management. Taking an inter-disciplinary social science perspective, crime and corruption are discussed within the context of a globalized economy. This will be done theoretically and empirically by investigating concepts such as 'deviant globalisation' and 'systemic corruption' alongside case examples that include various organizational crimes, bribery and money laundering. In doing so, the unit conceptualizes crime and corruption as significant economic forces which interrelate with, and impact upon, legitimate business and management practices. The unit therefore aims to address a major global challenge of today's and tomorrow's global business environment and critically reflects on issues such as business ethics and law.

Intended Learning Outcomes

(1) Recognise crime and corruption as an integral dimension of global management and business

(2) Critically appraise (organized) crime as a managerial activity

(3) Analyse theoretical concepts on the topic and apply to empirical cases

(4) Critically evaluate approaches to combating organizational crime and corporate wrongdoing

(5) Reflect upon the implications of organizational crime and corruption for business ethics

(6) Communicate the self-organized learning of course content

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities.

Assessment Information

Summative 1: 15 minute group audio podcast (30%); Summative 2: timed open book assessment (70%)

Reading and References

Core text:

Gilman, N., Goldhammer, J. and Weber, S. eds., 2011. Deviant globalization: Black market economy in the 21st century. A&C Black.

Additional references:

Fleming, P. and Zyglidopoulos, S.C., 2009. Charting corporate corruption: Agency, structure and escalation. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Clinard, M. and Yeager, P., 2011. Corporate crime (Vol. 1). Transaction Publishers.

Pearce, F. and Tombs, S., 2009. Toxic capitalism: Corporate crime and the chemical industry. Open University Press.

Ashforth,B.E., Gioia, D.A., Robinson, S.L. and Trevino, L.K., 2008. Re-viewing organizational corruption. Academy of Management review, 33(3): 670-684.

Ashforth,B.E. and Anand, V., 2003. The normalization of corruption in organizations. Research in organizational behavior, 25: 1-52.

Vaughan, D., 1999. The dark side of organizations: Mistake, misconduct, and disaster. Annual review of sociology, 25(1), pp.271-305.


Global Crime

Journal of Money Laundering Control

Journal of Financial Crime

Criminology and Justice

Criminology and Public Policy

Journal of Business Ethics

Critical Perspectives on International Business

Academy of Management Journal and Review

Organization Studies



Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project:

Corporate Watch:

Association for Accountancy and Business Affairs: