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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

Guendalina Dondé: But why do some people do good things?

Forget the idea that human beings are perfectly rational. People do not always make consistent decisions based on strict logic or narrow self-interest. Human behavior is complex and emotions and intuition have a significant role to play in individual decision-making.… Continue Reading

Alison Taylor: Compliance could be perfect if it didn’t involve people

For the last several years, academic attention has converged on questions of behavioral ethics, and the findings are robust and sophisticated.

Organizations such as NYU’s Ethical Systems and the Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics provide a wealth of insight, tools and research to help companies access and use the latest thinking to enhance their internal ethics and compliance approaches.… Continue Reading

Tom Fox: White collar criminals and their flagrant rationalizations

In one of the most interesting looks at what makes a compliance program tick and why, Todd Haugh, an assistant professor of business law and ethics at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, said that even best-practices compliance programs fail to take into account the importance of eliminating rationalizations.… Continue Reading

Alice BrightSky: Why people commit white collar crimes (and how to stop them)

We’ve all heard of them — the Bernie Madoffs and Michael Milkens whose cinematic crimes have painted our perception of white-collar criminality.

However, while wrongdoers such as Madoff and Milken are rightly villainized for their misdeeds, their dramatic schemes tend to occlude the far more common phenomenon of smaller-scale white-collar crime.… Continue Reading

Soenens and Michels: Are we hardwired for corruption or for integrity?

While one corruption scandal follows another, committed integrity defenders are relying more and more on behavioral sciences to design compliance systems and anti-corruption policy measures.

Various systems and practices have been developed to nudge employees, tax payers or contractors towards ethical behavior, aided by hints and formats that seem similar to website pop-ups or software solutions.… Continue Reading

Dr. Alexander Stein: We are what we hide

Martin Kenney and I wrote a post for the FCPA Blog recently called “How, then, do we stop the fraudsters among us?”. The post is structured as a conversation between us regarding psychodynamic and other non-conventional approaches to compliance and fraud.… Continue Reading