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Dark Trades in International Business



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ISBN 9780815367420
May 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
128 Pages

 
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Book Description

Much has been written on the liberalization of world trade and its positive benefits for the national economies and corporations involved. Yet little is mentioned about the often unofficial and dubious businesses that thrive in the same global economic environment. Often illegitimate and legitimate businesses are inextricably intertwined within the same global supply chains, whether by design or default. This book examines these illicit transactions which exist in the shadows of international business.

Drawing on information in the public domain, the media, and academic sources, this book analyses the catalysts of these dark trades in terms of economic differentials, corporate culpability and government negligence. Among the topics covered are human trafficking, money laundering, waste dumping, and arms exporting — and each chapter rounds off with suggestions for further reading, pointing readers towards a range of sources worth deeper exploration.

It is a valuable overview of the area for students and researchers across international business, global supply chain management, business ethics and related areas.

Table of Contents

1. Exploring the Extent of Dark Trades

2. Trafficked, Bonded and Coerced Labour

3. Toxic Waste Dumping and Export of Harm

4. Organ Harvesting and Transplantation Travel

5. Arms Sales and Sponsorship of Conflict

6. Money Laundering as Financial Lubricant

7. Ethical Imperative and Business Myopia

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Biography

Amos Owen Thomas is Associate Professor at Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University, Sweden.