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The conception of organisational fraud: the need for rejuvenation of fraud theory

Ach Maulidi (Business School, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK and Department of Accounting, BINUS Graduate Program, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia)
Jake Ansell (Business School, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK)

Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Article publication date: 9 November 2020

Issue publication date: 5 August 2021




This paper aims to challenge some of the underlying concepts about causation of fraud and in doing so enriches knowledge and insight into the management of fraud.


This study is a part of fieldwork carried out in Indonesia.


Organisational fraud is an exceptional type of crime. Hence, the underlying antecedents and consequences of fraud in organisation are distinct from other crimes, especially violent crimes. The underlying logic in criminological and sociological theories and literature cannot fully explain the causal factors of fraud in the organisation. This leads to a theoretical discussion about the reconstruction of the fraud theory. Implications and suggestions for further studies are discussed in this study.


This study provides a new understanding of fraud and its antecedents and consequences. In doing so, it examines the long-standing debate in criminology and sociology about the theories concerning crime causation, as these areas provide the underlying logic of fraud theory.



Maulidi, A. and Ansell, J. (2021), "The conception of organisational fraud: the need for rejuvenation of fraud theory", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 784-796.



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