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The Anthropology of Corruption

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The social importance of corruption and its complex nature have led management scholars to study the phenomenon. However, they have largely ignored the research conducted by anthropologists on the matter. The aim of this article is to provide a critical review of the anthropological literature on corruption in relation to the management science research. Anthropology offers valuable insights into the understanding of the study of corruption. The field provides new perspectives particularly in relation to the definition of the concept, the morality of corruption, the processual approach, the methods of inquiry, and the holistic perspective. Management research can gain important insights from the results of ethnographic investigations that support the idea that the great diversity in the practices of corruption worldwide is imbued with the particular cultural and social implications of this phenomenon.
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hal-01238748 , version 1 (07-12-2015)

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Davide Torsello, Bertrand Venard. The Anthropology of Corruption. Journal of Management Inquiry, 2015, 25 (1), pp.34-54. ⟨10.1177/1056492615579081⟩. ⟨hal-01238748⟩

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