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How misconduct in business contributes to understanding the supply side of corruption international business

Ertz Myriam, Karakas Fahri, Stapenhurst Frederick, Draman Rasheed, Sarigöllü Emine et Jo Myung-Soo. (2019). How misconduct in business contributes to understanding the supply side of corruption international business. Critical Perspectives on International Business,

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This study offers a better understanding of supply side of bribery and corruption in an international business perspective by conceptualizing it in the narrower concept of MIB, derived from the deontological perspective to business ethics.


We use a case study methodology of professionals working within Canadian mining multinational corporations (MNCs) operating in Africa. We conducted 2 focus groups, 25 in-depth interviews, document search and an open-ended questionnaire to 15 professionals. Further, we drew on a combination of the classic relationalist sociological framework and its recent revision, that we name the relationalism-substantialism framework to analyze the data.


The triangulated empirical data show that the reason why MIB in the form of bribery supply occurs is not exclusively tied to any given perspective, whether the individual, the organization or the wider societal context. Rather, these different layers are tightly intertwined and interact with each other for the supply of bribery to occur.


Although the three siloed perspectives of MIB have been studied in the literature, they have not been addressed in relation to one another, and even less with a relationalism-substantialism framework Yet, this perspective contributes compellingly to the understanding of the supply side in bribery. We propose a net of conceptually-related constructs that intervene in the process of bribery supply occurrence, namely relationality influenced by institutional dysfunctionality and conflation; and substantiality through agency and culture.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Sujets:Sciences sociales et humaines > Sciences de la gestion > Administration des affaires
Sciences sociales et humaines > Sciences de la gestion > Management
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences économiques et administratives
Mots-clés:Misconduct in business, corruption, international business, substantialism, relationalism, multinational companies
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