Addressing Crime in Companies : First Findings from a Global Survey of Economic Crime

Economic crime was examined in a global survey of more than 5,500 companies. This survey combines information on companies, company victimization and on the detection and processing of 2,900 incidents of economic crime. Results show that economic crime is widespread and risks are underestimated by c...

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Published in:The British journal of criminology
Main Author: Bussmann, Kai-Detlef
Contributors: Werle, Markus M. (Author)
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
Published: 2006
In:The British journal of criminology
Year: 2006, Volume: 46, Issue: 6, Pages: 1128-1144
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Summary:Economic crime was examined in a global survey of more than 5,500 companies. This survey combines information on companies, company victimization and on the detection and processing of 2,900 incidents of economic crime. Results show that economic crime is widespread and risks are underestimated by companies. Approximately half of the perpetrators were company insiders, with senior/top management being particularly over-represented. Companies are developing a number of control and prevention strategies to cope with the risks of economic crime. Nonetheless, the most frequent response worldwide is not to bring criminal charges, particularly against perpetrators from within the company. Companies' reactions are often motivated by minimizing the loss of reputation, which results in privileged treatment for both internal and high-status economic crime offenders
ISSN:0007-0955
DOI:10.1093/bjc/azl072