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Entries in behavioral science (18)


How to find and fix behavioral ‘hot spots’

Some pioneering economists and psychologists have taken a closer look at how people behave -- and the choices they make, such as in the workplace, to create a body of work called behavioral economics.

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Compliance ‘interventions’ shouldn't be creepy

If we could know in advance what a potentially corrupt team inside a company would look like, we could prevent the corruption from happening, at least in theory. It turns out we do know what corrupt teams look like. Alison Taylor has done that work for us.

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Joseph Pozsgai-Alvarez on the judiciary: Do ethics programs create corruption?

We've all heard the question before: Does corruption work as grease in the wheels or as sand?

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Guendalina Dondé: But why do some people do good things?

Forget the idea that human beings are perfectly rational. People do not always make consistent decisions based on strict logic or narrow self-interest. Human behavior is complex and emotions and intuition have a significant role to play in individual decision-making.

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Alison Taylor: Compliance could be perfect if it didn't involve people

For the last several years, academic attention has converged on questions of behavioral ethics, and the findings are robust and sophisticated.

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Tom Fox: White collar criminals and their flagrant rationalizations

In one of the most interesting looks at what makes a compliance program tick and why, Todd Haugh, an assistant professor of business law and ethics at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, said that even best-practices compliance programs fail to take into account the importance of eliminating rationalizations.

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Carolina Pineda Martinez: Compliance folks aren't the ‘Bonus Prevention Department’

The real world isn't just good guys and bad guys. There’s a story behind every compliance problem, and even though it may not excuse anyone's behavior, it should be a reminder that people just like us make mistakes -- sometimes really big mistakes.

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Alice BrightSky: Why people commit white collar crimes (and how to stop them)

We’ve all heard of them -- the Bernie Madoffs and Michael Milkens whose cinematic crimes have painted our perception of white-collar criminality.

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Dr. Alexander Stein: The Psychology of Integrity and Corruption

A recent FCPA Blog post written by Bart Soenens, a tenured academic researcher at the University of Gent in the Netherlands and Jeroen Michels, a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, posed the question “what exactly is the nature of human morality?” They also asked “are we hardwired for corruption or for integrity?"

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Soenens and Michels: Are we hardwired for corruption or for integrity?

While one corruption scandal follows another, committed integrity defenders are relying more and more on behavioral sciences to design compliance systems and anti-corruption policy measures.

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Dr. Alexander Stein: We are what we hide

Martin Kenney and I wrote a post for the FCPA Blog recently called "How, then, do we stop the fraudsters among us?". The post is structured as a conversation between us regarding psychodynamic and other non-conventional approaches to compliance and fraud. I’m quoted as saying “everyone is a fraudster.” 

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Epic CEO fails: From chronically poor judgment to disguised malice

Susan Divers’ recent post on the FCPA Blog about toxic tone at the top and corporate train wrecks illustrates the importance of CEOs and senior managers listening to and heeding the advice of their compliance team.

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