Diagnosing and Treating Bribery in Public Organizations



Diagnosing and Treating Bribery in Public Organizations

Bribery. Corruption. These terms have strong connotations, inspiring images of high-level conspiracy and backroom deals. But bribery can occur at any level of an organization, from front-line workers to powerful executives. And no matter where it occurs, it can contribute to the erosion of trust in public institutions, which can have negative downstream effects on society. But how do you stop it once it starts? Professor Diana Dakhlallah tested an intervention in a Moroccan maternity ward and gave us her insights.

No Such Thing as a Bad Apple? Understanding Organizational Misconduct

Why do some organizations continue to flourish despite the harm they cause to their workers, consumers, and surrounding communities? Is there a single person or group within an organization who should be blamed for misconduct, or is misconduct a foundational structure within some institutions? On the Delve podcast, Sarah Gordon, Desautels Professor of Organizational Behaviour, and host Saku Mantere discuss why organizational misconduct is so prevalent in society. Through a closer look at the Chicago Police Department, Professor Gordon explores possible ideologies and structures that enable misconduct in trusted institutions.

Managing Bodies in the Workplace

What does a military officer, a performer acting as Santa Claus, and a tech employee in Silicon Valley have in common? They all work in fields where their bodies are intentionally governed by organizational systems intent on shaping them into an idealized image of a worker. Indeed, every single body engaged in work is encouraged to undergo body work in order to be employable in their chosen industries and maintain their roles. However, body work affects different bodies disproportionately. How does organizational body work impact equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace? And how can we improve systems of body work in organizations to create better working conditions?

Will Global Accounting Regulations Lead the Way to Stronger Sustainability Practices?

Could accounting hold the key to successfully implementing climate change initiatives, achieving equality and diversity in the workplace, and contributing towards a more sustainable future? Current research shows that accounting and global regulatory accounting practices are essential for organizations to reach sustainability goals that have a more measurable impact. An accounting perspective can also shift how organizations approach sustainability toward a holistic standpoint instead of piecemeal solutions or departmental silos.

How to (and not to) Regulate Crypto

Cryptocurrency can transcend borders. That’s part of its promise, and one reason it’s so challenging to regulate. But the notion that crypto is completely unregulated isn’t accurate either. “Despite the rhetoric, most jurisdictions do somehow regulate crypto assets, though it's not always clear how,” says Ananya Kumar, associate director at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. “There are some glaring gaps, but experimentation with regulation is happening in real-time, and it’s happening everywhere.” At the 2023 Cryptocurrency Conference at Desautels, Kumar led a session on the state of the regulatory landscape. The theme of this year’s event was ‘How to (and not to) regulate crypto’, and with the high-profile collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX still headline news, it spoke to the zeitgeist. Staged on September 29 and organized by Desautels professors Katrin Tinn and David Schumacher, the conference brought together participants from twenty-eight different organizations, including universities, regulatory public policy institutions, and the private sector.

The Future of Work Is Already Here—Will Bureaucratic Organizations Survive It?

Every crisis paves the way for change—call it progress, growth, or recession—but the question remains: how many steps back are taken for every step forward? Whether a financial crisis or a global health crisis, the fallout manifests in how people live and work differently, affecting organizations’ once-traditional priorities. What directions are organizations, their management, and their employees headed in today? Several recent Delve podcast episodes and articles investigate these questions to look deeper at: changing business ethics in a hybrid world, the role gender plays in word-of-mouth job recruitment, why overqualified job candidates are seen as a flight risk, and how new digital management structures are changing the nature of the firm.

What Digital Technologies Are Reshaping the Future of Business, Finance, and the Agri-Food Sector?

Advances in digital technology have changed the world as we know it—and show no sign of slowing down. As research investigates the longer-term risks, rewards, and systemic effects of technologies like Artificial Intelligence, development speeds on, altering the landscape of how we work, talk to each other, buy and sell, and even what we eat. How is new digital technology, like AI and cryptocurrency, driving change in certain sectors, from customer-service interactions to getting food from farm to table? Delve talks with researchers at Desautels who investigate the impact of new digital technologies on the world of work, multiple global industries, and financial markets.

Where Is Entrepreneurship Headed Next?

Entrepreneurship—and entrepreneurs themselves—typically look to fill gaps in the market and meet previously unmet needs. But in the past few years, financial crises, supply chain interruptions, and social and environmental concerns have disrupted business as usual. How is entrepreneurship evolving to meet the changing needs of all stakeholders, from investors to community members? And what do sustainable strategies, informal economies, and deviant identities have to do with the changing face of entrepreneurship today? Desautels researchers discuss alternatives to scaling up, small-business practices in informal economies, and when to deviate from the rules.

What Can Boomers Learn About Leadership from Millennials and Gen Z? with Karl Moore and Dax Dasilva

What can older generations learn from Millennials and Gen Z about leadership, strategy, and dealing with crisis? And how can these younger generations unlock their professional potential by engaging in meaningful work and taking larger roles in organizational strategy and change? On the Delve podcast, Desautels Professor Karl Moore and Lightspeed and Age of Union Founder Dax Dasilva discuss communication beyond traditional hierarchies, the value of reverse mentorship and receiving feedback, and what real equality, diversity, and inclusion can look like in an organization.