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Managing Business Corruption: Targeting Non-Compliant Practices in Systemically Corrupt Environments

Shekshnia, Stanislav; Ledeneva, Alena; Denisova-Schmidt, Elena; (2017) Managing Business Corruption: Targeting Non-Compliant Practices in Systemically Corrupt Environments. The Slavonic and East European Review , 95 (1) pp. 151-174. 10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.95.1.0151. Green open access

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Abstract

This article focuses on strategies of ‘managing business corruption’ at the firm level and offers insights for practitioners in systemically corrupt environments. Our study of 110 CEOs and owners of companies operating in Russia tested a new, ethnographic approach to managing corruption at a firm level. We conceptualize ‘managing business corruption’ as devising and implementing strategies that mitigate corruption-related risks in an effective way. We argue that such strategies have to target specific non-compliant practices, identified bottom-up, yet also amount to a pragmatic, problem-solving framework at the firm level, implemented top-down. Leadership is a key factor which defines effectiveness of corruption management in systemically corrupt environments. While the latter are generally conducive to tolerance and passive attitudes to corruption among business leaders, we identify proactive modes (preventive and controlling) and possible channels (formal hierarchy and informal networks) for leadership action. The proposed approach can also be used for leadership training.

Type: Article
Title: Managing Business Corruption: Targeting Non-Compliant Practices in Systemically Corrupt Environments
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.95.1.0151
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.95.1.01...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright 2017 Stanislav Shekshnia, Alena Ledeneva and Elena Denisova-Schmidt
Keywords: Business corruption, Business structures, Government corruption, Political corruption, Business executives, Business management, Environmental management, Business risks, Chief executive officers, Administrative agencies
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1551567
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