Studies have shown that the number of individuals being incarcerated for white-collar crime is on the rise, going hand-in-hand with an increase in support for punishment and imprisonment for white-collar offenders among the public. This book aims to discuss the role of the 'convenience triangle' in white-collar crime, how it affects the perpetration of these crimes, the impact of this on detection and prevention and the effects of the punitive measures taken against white-collar criminals.
The 'convenience triangle' is the dynamic relationship between motive, opportunity, and willingness to commit a crime, which culminates in the illegal acts that constitute white-collar crime. The relationship between these factors is explored through case studies highlighting each of these six causal relationships. Alongside this, the role of whistleblowing in the detection of white-collar crime, and the issue of incarceration for white collar criminals are discussed.
For students of business and management, this book will provide valuable insights into the motivation and practice of white-collar crime. Its insights and discussion will also prove valuable for practitioners, engaged in both management and crime prevention.
'Petter Gottschalk provides a fresh conceptual framework for understanding the sources of motivation, organizational opportunities, and personal willingness underlying the choice to engage in white-collar crime – the "convenience triangle". Drawing on a diversity of real-life cases, he illuminates how this model provides rich insights into the nature and control of financial fraud. This volume thus is criminologically sophisticated and policy relevant, making it essential reading for scholars and practitioners alike.'
– Francis T. Cullen, University of Cincinnati, US
Petter Gottschalk, Professor, Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway.