Title: Application of the theory of convenience to a case of illegal public procurement of healthcare services
Authors: Petter Gottschalk
Addresses: Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, BI Norwegian Business School, Nydalsveien 37, 0484 Oslo, Norway
Abstract: We address the following research question in this article: how can convenience theory in terms of motive, opportunity, and willingness explain deviant behaviour in the case of public procurement of healthcare services in a Norwegian municipality? This research is important, as it can identify motives at the individual and organisational level, opportunities at the organisational and societal level, and willingness at the individual level, even when there is not necessarily corruption involved. The application of convenience theory is by no means an excuse for violations of laws and regulations. Rather, this article demonstrates where prevention of misconduct and crime needs attention. It is particularly at the organisational level, where opportunity structures tend to enable commitment and concealment of illegitimate financial transactions. When auditing and other forms of control are de facto absent, where the blame game occurs, and where it is impossible to trace events because documents and e-mails have disappeared, then misconduct and crime become convenient options.
Keywords: white-collar crime; public procurement; convenience theory; neutralisation techniques; opportunity structures.
International Journal of Procurement Management, 2019 Vol.12 No.6, pp.621 - 631
Received: 18 Sep 2018
Accepted: 21 Nov 2018
Published online: 11 Oct 2019 *