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The Convenience of White-Collar Crime in Business


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 1-16
  3. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 17-34
  4. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 35-58
  5. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 59-74
  6. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 75-92
  7. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 93-127
  8. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 129-149
  9. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 151-198
  10. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 199-238
  11. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 239-250
  12. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 251-265
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 267-295

About this book


This book outlines the theory of convenience for white-collar crime to explain what motivates and enables offenders, providing a unique focus on white-collar crime in the business context. The theory of convenience suggests that the extent to which elite members commit and conceal economic crime is dependent on their extent of orientation towards convenience in problematic and attractive situations. Chapters are organized along the main theoretical dimensions of economical motive, organizational opportunity, and personal willingness.

In addition, this book:

  • Addresses a business audience by focusing on themes familiar to corporations
  • Documents attitudes towards white-collar crime among business students and future business leaders
  • Analyzes how convenience orientation varies among individuals
  • Analyzes autobiographies of convicted white-collar offenders
  • Demonstrates the various ways in which white-collar crime occurs

The Convenience of White-Collar Crime in Business contributes to an increased understanding of white-collar crime, offering valuable insight in business education that supplements the traditional roles of topics like auditing and compliance in education and practice. It is a useful resource for researchers and law enforcement, and those involved in the detection, prosecution, and conviction of white-collar offenders.


white-collar crime convenience theory financial crime business crime convenience orientation whistleblowing fraud examination

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Leadership & Org BehaviorBI Norwegian Business SchoolOsloNorway

About the authors

Petter Gottschalk is professor in the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway. After completing his education at Technische Universität Berlin, Dartmouth College, MIT, and Henley Management College, he took on executive positions in technology enterprises for twenty years before joining academics. Dr. Gottschalk has published extensively on knowledge management, intelligence strategy, police investigations, white-collar crime, and fraud examinations.

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