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Ethical leadership and crime prevention in the organizational setting

Michel Dion (Département de management, Faculté d'administration, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Canada)

Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Article publication date: 18 July 2008




The purpose of this paper is to show the qualitative shift from a “traditional way”, to understand the conditioning factors of corporate crime to a “principled” approach.


The paper analyzes the conditioning factors elaborated by the traditional approach and the basic crime prevention strategies that followed from such an approach; also, the basic concepts of the “principled” approach are analyzed as they give a qualitatively new understanding of crime prevention strategies.


The paper finds that a qualitative shift emerged from 1990 to 2006, insofar as the basic conditioning factors have substantially been modified (the “principled approach”). The most relevant concepts for crime prevention are now national culture, transformational leadership, moral courage and organizational transparency.


The paper presents a principled approach to crime prevention strategies as adding relevant ideas and concepts to the traditional approach.



Dion, M. (2008), "Ethical leadership and crime prevention in the organizational setting", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 308-319.



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