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A Holistic Approach to Diagnosing Corruption

Carole Switzer | March 6, 2012

In the long-running television drama “House,” the ornery and unconventional medical genius Dr. Gregory House masterfully diagnoses the sources of mysterious illnesses. The secret to House's success stems from his ability to see the big picture, understand how all of a human body's various systems interact with each other, and spot patterns that no one else detects.

The same skills would enable House to thrive in the complex field of corruption issue intake and management. Conventional wisdom holds that this is a relatively simple, straightforward, and discrete process. But the conventional wisdom is wrong.

Companies with the most sophisticated anti-corruption capabilities do more than resolve the issue and identify its direct cause. They also periodically examine their entire portfolio of corruption issues to better understand how they interact and to identify ways to improve corruption defenses throughout the entire organizational system. By conducting such “...

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