Information campaigns in anti-corruption

An effective communication strategy can strengthen a group, or nation, against corruption.

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How to Strengthen Corruption Prevention Through Mid-Level Management

Politicians Talk About Corruption – Brian Pinkowski
Leadership in Anti-Corruption
Leadership in Anti-Corruption

Leadership sets the example.

It’s as true in the leadership of Nations and corporations as it is in the leadership of small government departments.

Where leadership abuses or misuses the authority of their position, the entire organization decays beneath them.

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Anti-Corruption and Leadership

Participation by Brian Pinkowski in the 7th Pan African Summit on Modernization of the Public Sector.
Participation by Brian Pinkowski in the 7th Pan African Summit on Modernization of the Public Sector.

We have all heard it – the fish rots from the head down.  And true enough the remedy for corruption requires attention on building a leadership class that provides role models for integrity and character.

But it’s important to know that we aren’t starting at “zero” with this effort. Continue reading “Anti-Corruption and Leadership”

FCPA Not Well Developed???

FCPA not well developed???  B. Pinkowski
FCPA not well developed??? B. Pinkowski

Fighting corruption is tough. But succeeding in the international markets is tougher.  Particularly when well-intentioned laws in one country may attempt to change the operating culture for business across other countries. The FCPA is one of those well-intentioned laws.

We have good people in the US Government working to enforce the FCPA and generally create the boundaries that define an ethical working environment for business.  Continue reading “FCPA Not Well Developed???”

Our Expectations Create Corruption in Government?

Our expectations help create results.  We know this from life. Thus, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that researchers at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania have confirmed expectations that people that apply for government jobs are . . . not up to standards.

The study, referenced here, found that college students who cheat are more likely to want government jobs – in India.

Such a criticism is simply not fair, but worth discussing. Continue reading “Our Expectations Create Corruption in Government?”

Is Nepotism Really Criminal?

I’ve been having wrestling with the issue of Nepotism and its rational role in organizations and politics for some time.  Most recently I have been having a good dialogue with a colleague about the problems arising from criminalizing nepotism. His comment: “I cannot say that whether Nepotism is a crime or not but definitely it […]

The Organic Nature of Corruption

Aspen and conifer forests competing for survival.  Brian Pinkowski
Aspen and conifer forests competing for survival. Brian Pinkowski

Governments and Nations Fail from Corruption.  Even the strongest and least corrupt of nations struggles with the downward pull of destructive forces arising from.  No matter if the corruption comes from internal and external causes – it’s always there, under the surface. (What the U.S. Government Shutdown Teaches Us About Organizational Corruption.)

When governments fall, it is the corrupt organizations and networks that expand fastest for the simple reason that they are best organized to respond to the survival needs of the community. Continue reading “The Organic Nature of Corruption”