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Scandal prevention through a moral work environment: Case Study from Thailand

Kwankaew Chavengvorakul (School of Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani, Thailand)
Winai Wongsurawat (College of Management, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 2 May 2017




This case study aims to describe a set of human resources practices that can help prevent major scandals that would ruin the reputation of an organization.


The authors performed an in-depth case study of a standardized testing company, which has operated in Thailand for decades without a major cheating scandal.


Referrals-only recruitment, salient moral and religious cues in the workplace, and credible threats of punishments are the key tools the company has used to guard against cheating.

Research limitations/implications

The company’s practices are only appropriate in the context of a collectivist and culturally-homogeneous environment.


This case study represents an original and practical contribution to scandal-prevention strategies.



Chavengvorakul, K. and Wongsurawat, W. (2017), "Scandal prevention through a moral work environment: Case Study from Thailand", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 15-18.



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