Journal Article

Addressing Crime in Companies

Kai-D. Bussmann and Markus M. Werle

in The British Journal of Criminology

Published on behalf of Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (formerly ISTD)

Volume 46, issue 6, pages 1128-1144
Published in print November 2006 | ISSN: 0007-0955
Published online November 2006 | e-ISSN: 1464-3529 | DOI:
Addressing Crime in Companies

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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.

Journal Article.  6407 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminology

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