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Why they do it : inside the mind of the white-collar criminal / by Eugene Soltes

by Soltes, Eugene.
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, 2016Description: viii, 448 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781610395366.Subject(s): Corporate crime | Corporate finance | Fraud | Psychology
Contents:
Managing the gray. THE STRUGGLE TO CRIMINALIZE: "Not... bucket-shop operators, dead-beats, and fly-by-night swindlers" -- "Guys... don't drop out of windows for no reason". NATURE OR NURTURE? REASONING OR INTUITION?: "Inherently inferior organisms" -- "I thought it was all going to pass" -- "If you don't take it then you will regret it forever" -- "I never once thought of the costs versus rewards" -- "I never felt I was doing anything wrong" -- "If there was something wrong with this transaction, wouldn't people have told me?". THE BUSINESS OF MALFEASANCE: "You can't make the argument that the public was harmed by anything I did" -- "Unfortunately, the world is not black and white" -- "You go from just being on top of the world" -- "I thought we were freakin' geniuses" -- "You couldn't stop because you would wreck everything" -- "When I look back, it wasn't as if I couldn't have said no". CONCLUSION: Toward greater humility.
Summary: Examines why people, often at the pinnacle of success in their careers, risk it all to engage in white-collar crime. Draws on interviews, psychology, criminology and economics to investigate why once-celebrated executives become white-collar criminals.
Item type Home library Call number Status Date due
Book Book Australia
117.2 SOL 2016 (Browse shelf) Issued 03/10/2017
Book Book Australia
117.2 SOL 2016 (Browse shelf) Issued 03/10/2017
Book Book New Zealand
117.2 WHY (Browse shelf) Issued 06/10/2017

Managing the gray. THE STRUGGLE TO CRIMINALIZE: "Not... bucket-shop operators, dead-beats, and fly-by-night swindlers" -- "Guys... don't drop out of windows for no reason". NATURE OR NURTURE? REASONING OR INTUITION?: "Inherently inferior organisms" -- "I thought it was all going to pass" -- "If you don't take it then you will regret it forever" -- "I never once thought of the costs versus rewards" -- "I never felt I was doing anything wrong" -- "If there was something wrong with this transaction, wouldn't people have told me?". THE BUSINESS OF MALFEASANCE: "You can't make the argument that the public was harmed by anything I did" -- "Unfortunately, the world is not black and white" -- "You go from just being on top of the world" -- "I thought we were freakin' geniuses" -- "You couldn't stop because you would wreck everything" -- "When I look back, it wasn't as if I couldn't have said no". CONCLUSION: Toward greater humility.

Examines why people, often at the pinnacle of success in their careers, risk it all to engage in white-collar crime. Draws on interviews, psychology, criminology and economics to investigate why once-celebrated executives become white-collar criminals.

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