Why firms engage in corruption: A top management perspective

Jamie D. Collins, Klaus Uhlenbruck, Peter Rodriguez

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This study builds upon the top management literature to predict and test antecedents to firms' engagement in corruption. Building on a survey of 341 executives in India, we find that if executives have social ties with government officials, their firms are more likely to engage in corruption. Further, these executives are likely to rationalize engaging in corruption as a necessity for being competitive. The results collectively illustrate the role that executives' social ties and perceptions have in shaping illegal actions of their respective firms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-108
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • Corruption
  • India
  • Rationalization
  • Social ties


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