MJIEL Vol 5 Issue 2 2008 - Article 1

Abstract: Global anti-corruption strategies range from regulation and self-regulation in the form of corporate and industry codes to non-governmental organisation (NGO) initiatives. Undoubtedly, these strategies are crucial in the fight against corruption in international business. But are these strategies working? If not, how can they be improved further? Understanding the impact of the strategies on company behaviour is essential for answering these questions and for suggesting improvements to the current strategies.


There are numerous surveys that enable the identification of some general issues regarding company practices and attitudes to combating corruption and which give some indication of limiting factors. These insights are a useful starting point but the survey findings are not directly comparable and provide only a descriptive, fragmented understanding of the issues.  

The authors of this article are currently engaged in an in-depth survey. The aim is to provide a more thorough understanding of the impacts of different strategies and regulatory influences and how anti-corruption efforts might be strengthened. The survey is unique in targeting NGOs in addition to companies in order to investigate the role played by these organisations who are important stakeholders in the field of anti-corruption. As part of this survey a pilot study was undertaken. As well as providing an account  of the scope and nature of anti-corruption strategies this paper presents the findings of the pilot survey and highlights some interesting connections and conflicts that will be explored further in the full survey.

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