1st Edition

Confronting Corruption in Business Trusted Leadership, Civic Engagement

Edited By Alan T. Belasen, Roxana Toma Copyright 2016
    408 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    408 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Confronting Corruption in Business focuses on the contextual issues that trigger corruption to give the reader a more thorough understanding of destructive leadership. It provides students with a unique, critical perspective on issues of leadership, corruption, and policy in different countries, industries, and companies.

    While there isn’t a universally agreed upon definition of corruption in social sciences, it generally refers to efforts to secure wealth or power through misusing public power for private gain. This kind of destructive leadership is typically treated as an anomaly, but this book closes the gap in our understanding by highlighting the wider consequences of this behavior within business, and on an international level. Armed with this understanding, one also learns how to mitigate its causes and consequences.

    Edited by leading experts, the book includes contributions from scholars with international expertise on leadership, strategy, political science, finance, organizational change, and public policy. It is the first book to focus on corruption on the country level and within business, and students in international business, management, ethics, and leadership classes will find it a valuable read.

    1. Introduction: Corruption and Destructive Leadership Part I: Corruption around the World 2. Corruption in Government: Causes, Consequences, Cures 3. Beyond Leadership: Confronting the Challenges of Corruption in Nigeria 4. Corruption in Turkey: Politics, Power, and Wealth 5. The Crony Capitalism Bane of India 6. Perceptions of Ethics and Corruption in Romania: The Need for Civic Leadership 7. A Cross-Country Analysis of Corruption Perceptions: The Case for Human Development Part II: Corruption in Industry and Business 8. Deception and Failure: Mitigating Leader-Centric Behaviors 9. Prone to Illness: The Basis for Corruption in Healthcare and the Role of Leadership 10. High Flyers: Leadership Lessons from the Airline Industry 11. Banking Failures and Unethical Leadership 12. Corruption in the Utility Industries 13. Corruption in Education and the Erosion of Social Trust 14. Conclusion: Trusted Leadership and Civic Engagement


    Alan T. Belasen is Professor and Chair of the graduate Business, Management and Leadership programs at SUNY Empire State College, USA. He has led several successful projects to facilitate executive education and development in private, government, and non-profit organizations. Belasen has written four books in the areas of corporate and leadership communication. His work continues to focus on trusted leadership and curbing corruption in business.

    Roxana Toma is Assistant Professor of Policy Studies at SUNY Empire State College, USA. She has presented extensively on the subject of global administrative corruption.

    This book provides a comprehensive approach to corruption, contextualizing it within organizational dynamics and effectiveness, culture and individual leadership.  Belasen and Toma, both distinguished scholars, gather an impressive group of collaborators to provide detailed international cases and environments. They suggest it is the organizational culture and normative structure, authority figures and individual leaders that provide necessary elements to ensure enduring fairness and integrity. Often books on corruption are not hopeful. This one is. It provides tangible approaches of civic engagement and leadership—steps any of us can take to prevent corruption in our organizations. –Laurie N. DiPadova-Stocks, Park University, USA

    The information provided in Confronting Corruption in Business is quite impressive. Power, management, and leadership related to the major topic shows a clear theoretical focus and key industry segments impacted. Comprehensive, strategic, and very well written. The textbook is a winner! –Jeff Ritter, Barry University, USA