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Corporate Wrongdoing and the Art of the Accusation

Robert R. Faulkner
 

Corporate Wrongdoing and the Art of the Accusation

An exploration of accusations of wrongdoing and the revelations these expose about the dark side of capitalism and modern corporations.

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9780857287946
August 2011 | 202 Pages | 216 x 140mm / 8.5 x 5.5
 
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About This Book

‘[R]eaders willing to think outside the box in which contemporary organization theory on wrongdoing is currently trapped will be amply rewarded. “Corporate Wrongdoing” raises fundamental issues that our field has largely ignored.’ —Donald Palmer, ‘Administrative Science Quarterly’

‘Professor Faulkner has amassed a database of over a thousand accusations of economic wrongdoing in corporate USA in the past 20 years, all of which highlight “the market interplay between the culture and structure of transgression” … [H]e presents an eyes-wide-open approach to understanding illegal repertoires of self-interest… that have sway in dealings among corporations, markets and states. These alliances can undermine, attack and even destroy legitimate entrepreneurship in the marketplace. Prof. Faulkner explains much about how we got into this mess we’re in.’ —Ruth Parnell, ‘Nexus’

‘[R]eaders willing to think outside the box in which contemporary organization theory on wrongdoing is currently trapped will be amply rewarded. “Corporate Wrongdoing” raises fundamental issues that our field has largely ignored.’ —Donald Palmer, ‘Administrative Science Quarterly’

This book addresses an old and basic question: what is the moral order of the market? ‘Corporate Wrongdoing and the Art of the Accusation’ is an exploration of accusations of wrongdoing, and the revelations these accusations expose about the dark side of capitalism and modern corporations, and their relationships with suppliers, buyers, peers, investment banks and state regulators. The study explores data gathered from the past twenty years, including over a thousand accusations of economic wrongdoing in corporate America. The research traces exchange paths or structural routes; cultural recipes or ideas about wrongdoing; and interactions between the culture and structure of transgression in economic in markets.

Repertoires of accusation, and the three-way associations between accused, accuser and accusation, reveal the moral order of the market. The tools provided in this data collection and analysis provide a template for the study of the three-way relationship between the following: cultural items or types (i.e., accusation types), structural locations or paths (i.e., market interfaces) and time (i.e., temporal locations of types and paths, or recipes and routes). Repertoires unlock the moral order of the modern market and other institutions (family, politics, education, religion, science) as revealed in accusations of transgression.

Readership: This book will appeal to students of social science and business studies, as well as anyone interested in corporate ethics and greed under capitalism.

Author Information

Robert R. Faulkner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Chapter 1. Accusations: Between the Innuendo and the Illegal; Chapter 2. Red Flags and Rebukes: How to Assemble an Accusation; Chapter 3. Fighting Words and Key Phrases; Chapter 4. Market Exchanges Gone Sour: Six Fields of Action; Chapter 5. Finger Pointing and Three Themes: Lying, Cheating, and Stealing; Chapter 6. The Ecology of Greed: Hot Spots for Accusations; Chapter 7. The Repertoires of Wrongdoing; Appendix A: Notes on Statistical Analysis and Coding Principle Themes, Keywords, Key Phrases in the Accusations; Appendix B: The Sample of United States Corporations and Counts of Public Announcements of Alleged Economic Crime; References; Index

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