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CEOs and White-Collar Crime

A Convenience Perspective


  • Offers a thorough examination of CEO power and influence, responsibility and accountability, and role and behaviour

  • Explains the special characteristics of the CEO position that can make financial crime a convenient option

  • Suggests a theory of convenience that provides insights into the CEO role and misconduct


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 1-3
  3. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 5-51
  4. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 53-84
  5. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 85-94
  6. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 95-106
  7. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 107-120
  8. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 121-151
  9. Petter Gottschalk
    Pages 153-154
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 155-158

About this book


This book aims to bridge the gap between general CEO research, which is traditionally focused on positive aspects of leadership, and lesser understood research into CEO misconduct and crime. Gottschalk introduces convenience theory as an integrated explanation for CEO involvement in white-collar crime. 

The chief executive officer is a unique position within an organization in terms of power and influence, role and behavior, compensation and benefits, and conflict and competition. The convenience perspective suggests that motivation (personal and organizational goals), opportunity (offense and concealment in an organizational context), as well as behavior (lack of control and neutralization of guilt) make financial crime a convenient option to avoid threats and to exploit opportunities.  A thorough and methodical study, this book will be of special interest to scholars of corporate social responsibility and criminological theory.


CEOs Recruitment Convenience Competition International transactions Police investigations Corporate fraud

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Leadership and Organizational BehaviourBI Norwegian Business SchoolOsloNorway

About the authors

Petter Gottschalk is Professor in the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway, where he teaches courses on financial crime prevention, characteristics of white-collar criminals, and private internal fraud investigations.

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