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Policing White-Collar Crime

Characteristics of White-Collar Criminals

By Petter Gottschalk

© 2013 – CRC Press

339 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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Combating white-collar crime is a challenge as these criminals are found among the most powerful members of society, including politicians, business executives, and government officials. While there are many approaches to understanding this topic, Policing White-Collar Crime: Characteristics of White-Collar Criminals highlights the importance of police intelligence in confronting these crimes and criminals and focuses on the identification, retrieval, storage, and application of information resources.

Combining theory with case examples of some of the most notorious criminal enterprises in recent years, the book explores:

  • White-collar crime typologies and characteristics
  • The roles and structure in a white-collar crime enterprise
  • Sociological perspectives on why women are substantially less involved in white-collar crime
  • Why chief executives are vulnerable to the lure of white-collar crime
  • Characteristics of victims who fall prey to these crimes

Theoretically based yet practitioner-oriented, this book offers a unique study of the contingent approach to policing white-collar criminals—emphasizing the essential elements of information management strategy, knowledge management strategy, information technology strategy, and value configuration in law enforcement. By implementing the techniques presented in this volume, law enforcement organizations can better develop and implement detection and prevention methods. This effective use of the critical element of police intelligence is a powerful tool for circumventing the tactics of white-collar criminals.

Table of Contents

White-Collar Crime Typologies

Financial Crime Variety

Financial Crime Categories

Fraud Crime Category

Theft Crime Category

Manipulation Crime Category

Corruption Crime Category

White-Collar Criminal Typologies

Financial Crime of Trust

Authority and Opportunity

Sample Criminals

Criminal Characteristics

Theoretical Perspectives

White-Collar Criminal Roles

Corporate versus Occupational

Corporate Crime Theories

Corporate Criminal Sample

Leaders versus Followers

Leader Criminal Characteristics

Leader Crime Theories

Leader Criminal Sample

Rotten Apples versus Rotten Barrels

Rotten Criminal Characteristics

Rotten Crime Theories

Rotten Criminal Sample

Groups of White-Collar Criminals

Criminal Entrepreneurs

Corporate Criminals

Criminal Followers

Female Criminals

Comparison of Groups

Women in White-Collar Crime

Criminal Characteristics

Crime Theories

Criminal Sample

Stage Model for Female Criminals

Stage Model Overview

Determinants of Female Criminal Fraction

From Population Fraction to Needs Fraction

From Needs Fraction to Crime Fraction

Women’s Opportunity for Crime

Women’s Motivation for Crime

Women’s Justification of Crime

Crime Star for Women

From Crime Fraction to Detection Fraction

From Detection Fraction to Sentence Fraction

From Sentence Fraction to Prison Fraction

Management Positions in Crime

Chief Executives

Heroic Criminals

Crime Theories

Criminal Sample

Victims, Detection, and Sector

Victims Criminal Characteristics

Victims Crime Theories

Victims Criminal Sample

Classification of Victims

Criminal Insiders

Detection of White-Collar Criminals

Detection Crime Theories

White-Collar Crime Detection

The Role of Journalists in Crime Detection

The Role of Auditors in Crime Detection

Crime in Private versus Public Sector

Sector Crime Theories

Sector Criminal Sample

Statistical Analyses of Crime Sample

Statistical Correlation Analysis

Statistical Regression Analysis

Structural Equation Modeling

Police Value Shop Configuration

Police Culture

Value Shop Work

Learning Organization

Police Information Management Strategy

Criminal Intelligence

Strategy Characteristics

Classification of Information Sources

Forensic Accounting

Crime Intelligence Analysis

Police Knowledge Management Strategy

Intelligence for Knowledge

Management Approaches

Police Knowledge

Knowledge Integration

Knowledge Categories

From Data to Wisdom

Police Information Systems Strategy

Knowledge Management Systems

Stage 1: Investigator to Technology

Stage 2: Investigator to Investigator

Stage 3: Investigator to Information

Stage 4: Investigator to Application

Knowledge Work



About the Author

Dr. Petter Gottschalk is one of Norway’s leading experts on financial crime and policing. He frequently comments on white-collar criminals and law enforcement in the media and has published extensively in research journals on crime and criminals, policing strategies, and knowledge management strategies. Dr. Gottschalk has conducted extensive empirical research into white-collar criminals on which this book is based. He is a professor in the Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, where he teaches courses on policing financial crime and information systems strategy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science