Why Firms Engage in Corruption: A Top Management Perspective

Posted: 30 Dec 2008

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Jamie D. Collins

Sam Houston State University

Klaus Uhlenbruck

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Peter L. Rodriguez

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business; Rice University - Jones Graduate School of Business

Date Written: December 30, 2008

Abstract

This study builds upon the top management literature to predict and test antecedents to firms' engagement in corruption. Building on a survey of 341 executives in India, we find that if executives have social ties with government officials, their firms are more likely to engage in corruption. Further, these executives are likely to rationalize engaging in corruption as a necessity for being competitive. The results collectively illustrate the role that executives' social ties and perceptions have in shaping illegal actions of their respective firms.

Keywords: corruption, social ties, rationalization, India

Suggested Citation

Collins, Jamie D. and Uhlenbruck, Nikolaus (Klaus) T. and Rodriguez, Peter L. and Rodriguez, Peter L., Why Firms Engage in Corruption: A Top Management Perspective (December 30, 2008). Journal of Business Ethics, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1321784

Jamie D. Collins (Contact Author)

Sam Houston State University ( email )

Box 2056
Huntsville, TX 77341
United States

Nikolaus (Klaus) T. Uhlenbruck

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Peter L. Rodriguez

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/rodriguez.htm

Rice University - Jones Graduate School of Business ( email )

6100 South Main Street
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77005-1892
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://business.rice.edu/person/peter-rodriguez

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