As worldwide trade and financial flows increase, businesses and governments alike face increasing demands to curb corruption, the cost of which is estimated at $1 trillion annually. The oil, gas and mining industries are the most corrupt industries globally and corruption is particularly acute in Africa, where extractive industries are prolific. Meanwhile, Canada's involvement in both the extractives industries and Africa has become stronger over the past decade during which its reputation as a low corruption country has faltered. This project studies corruption from a comprehensive viewpoint, bridging many facets of corruption, and mobilizing an interdisciplinary and multilevel theoretical framework by integrating literature in social psychology, organizational theory and anthropology that has dealt with corruption at the individual, organizational and societal levels. Specifically, we aim at: (1) developing a holistic understanding of corruption dynamics and bridging its many faces in the field; (2) developing guidelines for corporations and governments to deal with corruption more effectively.
Profs. Jo and Sarigollu are co-investigators on this team grant with principal investigator Prof. Frederick Stapenhurst of the McGill School of Continuing Studies and with collaborators Fahri Karakas and Stelios Zyglidopoulos.