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Tackling bribery and corruption in the Middle East: perspectives from the front line

Tackling bribery and corruption in the Middle East: perspectives from the front line PurposeThe aim of this paper is to see how senior managers in Middle East, an area frequently associated with high levels of bribery and corruption, tackle these in their organisations.Design/methodology/approachA qualitative approach was employed, using interviews with 66 employees responsible for bribery and corruption management in their organisations. The research instrument used included both open and closed questions which allowed participants to expand on their answers. Qualitative data and some descriptive statistics are used to analyse and summarise interview findings.FindingsOver the past few decades, governments have tried to control bribery and corruption via legislation. However, this is a contested area and many argue that legislation is an inappropriate mechanism. This paper assesses the implications in one geographical area, the Middle East. As well as exploring current approaches for tackling corruption, it discusses how culture and tradition affect organisational practices. We show that whereas the majority of organisations have been committed to stamping out bribery and corruption, some have been willing to tolerate such illegal behaviours.Originality/valueThis paper informs academics, policy-makers and those responsible for managing bribery and corruption about the challenges faced by those in the Middle East. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Financial Crime Emerald Publishing

Tackling bribery and corruption in the Middle East: perspectives from the front line

Journal of Financial Crime , Volume 23 (4): 12 – Oct 3, 2016

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1359-0790
DOI
10.1108/JFC-08-2015-0040
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Abstract

PurposeThe aim of this paper is to see how senior managers in Middle East, an area frequently associated with high levels of bribery and corruption, tackle these in their organisations.Design/methodology/approachA qualitative approach was employed, using interviews with 66 employees responsible for bribery and corruption management in their organisations. The research instrument used included both open and closed questions which allowed participants to expand on their answers. Qualitative data and some descriptive statistics are used to analyse and summarise interview findings.FindingsOver the past few decades, governments have tried to control bribery and corruption via legislation. However, this is a contested area and many argue that legislation is an inappropriate mechanism. This paper assesses the implications in one geographical area, the Middle East. As well as exploring current approaches for tackling corruption, it discusses how culture and tradition affect organisational practices. We show that whereas the majority of organisations have been committed to stamping out bribery and corruption, some have been willing to tolerate such illegal behaviours.Originality/valueThis paper informs academics, policy-makers and those responsible for managing bribery and corruption about the challenges faced by those in the Middle East.

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Journal of Financial CrimeEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 3, 2016

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