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Conscious capitalism and the organizational propensity to fight corruption

Michel Dion (École de gestion, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Canada)

Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Article publication date: 30 June 2021

Issue publication date: 5 August 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine how much the basic tenets of conscious capitalism could favor organizational change and anticorruption strategies.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper questions the vagueness of the tenets and principles of conscious capitalism. It unveils the idealized worldview of conscious capitalism, as it is based on a “pseudo-humanistic and pseudo-holistic” philosophy. The paper analyzes various kinds of rationale for justifying anticorruption measures and explains how the conscious capitalism movement should assume the challenge to develop one or the other rationale.

Findings

The conscious capitalism movement does not have basic rationale for any self-justified discourse about anticorruption measures. The principles of conscious capitalism organizations can be coherent with a rationale of individual and organizational compliance. They could be suitable with a rationale of legal, industry and international compliance. We could expect that the principles of conscious capitalism allow radical changes in the organizational culture. However, the main principles of conscious capitalism are not explicitly related to any rationale for a corporate self-justified discourse about anticorruption measures.

Research limitations/implications

The three kinds of rationale for corporate self-justified discourse about anticorruption measures are not exhaustive. There can be other kinds of corporate rationale. Moreover, the conscious capitalism movement appeared in 2000s and is still evolving. So, we should never take for granted that the present ideals and principles of conscious capitalism will never be improved and deepened.

Originality/value

The paper explains how the conscious capitalism movement remains unable to present its rationale for justifying anticorruption measures. In doing so, it provides three kinds of rationale that conscious capitalism organizations could use to develop their corporate self-justified discourse about anticorruption policies, measures and programs.

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Citation

Dion, M. (2021), "Conscious capitalism and the organizational propensity to fight corruption", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 686-701. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFC-09-2020-0194

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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