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Convenience Theory on Crime in the Corporate Sector

  • Petter Gottschalk
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Abstract

Theory and research on crime in the public sector are concerned with financial crime in general and white-collar crime in particular. In this chapter, convenience theory is an umbrella theory for a number of well-known perspectives on white-collar crime. Convenience theory consists of three dimensions. First, there is the economical dimension where we find desire for profits to avoid threats and exploit possibilities. Next, there is the organizational dimension where opportunities occur both to commit offenses and to conceal offences. Finally in the behavioral dimension, privileged individuals short of self-control apply neutralization techniques to accept own personal deviant behavior.

Keywords

Convenience theory White-collar crime Temporal orientations Convenience orientation Routine activity theory Organizational opportunity theory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BI Norwegian Business SchoolOsloNorway

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