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NCJ Number: 92741 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Publicity on Corporate Offenders
Author(s): B Fisse; J Braithwaite
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 399
Sponsoring Agency: State University of New York Press
Albany, NY 12207
Sale Source: State University of New York Press
90 State Street, Suite 700
Albany, NY 12207
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Adverse publicity is a valuable form of social control of corporations even when it does not lead to conviction for an offense or to a financial impact on the company.
Abstract: Study data came mainly from interviews at 17 transnational corporations which were involved in publicity crises as a result of allegations of harmful business behavior. Only a few of the cases involved financial impacts. However, the nonfinancial impacts were perceived by corporate executives as harmful and as a stimulus to reform. These impacts included loss of corporate and individual prestige, declines in morale, distraction from getting on with the job, and humiliation in the witness box. Many companies undertook piecemeal changes rather than thoroughgoing reforms, although every case produced some worthwhile reform. These reforms took place even though criminal convictions occurred in only five cases. While improvements in the use of informal publicity as a means of controlling corporate crime would be helpful, the use of formal publicity would be even more useful. Publication of the details about an offense should be made available as a court-ordered sentence against corporate offenders. In addition, presentence or probation orders against corporate offenders should be used to require disclosure of organizational reforms and disciplinary action undertaken as a result of an offense. A detailed description of each case, chapter notes, an index, and appendixes presenting excerpts from two consent agreements are provided.
Index Term(s): Corporate self-regulation; Multinational corporations; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Public information; White collar crime
Note: SUNY Series on Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
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