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The routineness of non-compliant conduct

Tom Fox | December 18, 2016

There is a reason that every compliance solution begins with the ubiquitous tone at the top. The reason is very simply, if the top leader of the company does not believe in compliance and make it a priority for their organization, it will not become a priority. Yet there is another level to this debate which was explored by Eugene Soltes, the Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School in his recent book Why They Do It. What The Man From FCPA found most interesting about Soltes’ findings were not the sociopaths in the C-Suite, ala Bernie Madoff or Allen Stanford but the mundaneness of how white collar criminals slide into illegal conduct.

Soltes writes “In a sense, it's the routineness of the actions, even to themselves that makes this...

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