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date: 20 October 2021

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The aim of this chapter is to explore organizational factors that account for the criminal acts of individuals within organizations on behalf of their employer. General organizational characteristics, distinguished in organizational sciences, include organizational strategy, organizational structure, and organizational culture. This chapter discusses theorizing and results of empirical research on each of these organizational factors as explanatory variables for corporate crime. The chapter concludes that organizational properties and dynamics are crucial in the process of understanding white-collar crime, as the defining characteristic of occupational crime is an organizational context. More rigorous empirical research is needed to test and refine theories of the relations between white-collar crime and organizational properties and dynamics.

Keywords: corporate crime, organizational properties, organizational strategy, organizational structure, organizational culture, white-collar crime

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