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The Dangers of Decoupling: The Relationship between Compliance Programs, Legitimacy Perceptions, and Institutionalized Misconduct


Tammy L. MacLean


Suffolk University - Department of Management

Michael Behnam


Suffolk University

2010

Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 53, No. 6, pp. 1499-1520, 2010

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This theory-building analysis spotlights a dynamic that occurs between decoupling, legitimacy, and institutionalized misconduct. Using data gathered from a case study of widespread deceptive sales practices at a large financial services firm, we demonstrate the dangers of decoupling an organizational compliance program from the core business activities of an organization. We illustrate how decoupling created a “legitimacy facade” that enabled the institutionalization of misconduct and precipitated a loss of external legitimacy.

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Date posted: March 10, 2012 ; Last revised: March 17, 2012

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MacLean, Tammy L. and Behnam, Michael, The Dangers of Decoupling: The Relationship between Compliance Programs, Legitimacy Perceptions, and Institutionalized Misconduct (2010). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 53, No. 6, pp. 1499-1520, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2019165

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Tammy L MacLean (Contact Author)
Suffolk University - Department of Management ( email )
United States
Michael Behnam
Suffolk University ( email )
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
United States
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