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European Journal of International Management
European Journal of International Management


Porto Conference on the Prevention of Corruption and Fraud in Europe: Special Issue on: "Corruption and Fraud in European Organisations and Institutions"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Óscar López-de-Foronda and Prof. Fernando García-Moreno, University of Burgos, Spain
Prof. Włodzimierz Sroka, WSB University, Poland
Prof. Jorge Bento Farinha, University of Porto, Portugal

In recent years, different cases have arisen related to corruption and particularly fraud affecting several EU countries. As the literature notes, these cases are present in all types of organisations and institutions, both public and private, although both of them are related, demand side and supply side respectively (Bahoo, Alon and Paltrinieri, 2020).

A review and research agenda of corruption and fraud can allow us to identify three determinants of corruption in international business (Carmichael, 1995; Bahoo et al., 2020). A first factor is the organisation’s propensity to bribe. Such propensity might depend on the managers attitude and/or the effectiveness of its control mechanisms of corporate governance. The recent changes of codes of good practices in European countries, based on the “comply or explain” principle and the particular conflict of interest between managers and shareholders in family firms, public companies, financial institutions among others, thoroughly analysed by the agency perspective, socioemotional wealth approach and/or stewardship theory, could suggest solutions to avoid firms fraud attitudes (Kabbach de Castro, Aguilera and Crespi-Cladera, 2016).

Second, the corruption could be affected by the cultural factors and the weakness of the legal institutions. Therefore, studies are needed to evaluate the effectiveness of EU laws against fraud and corruptions actions by some private and/or public institutions in different regions and environments (López-de-Silanes, Djankov, LaPorta and Shleifer, 2010). And third, the economic situation of each EU region can be other relevant determinant of corruption (Sanyal and Samanta, 2017). A lower GDP per capita, a higher indicator of poverty, a poorer long-term orientation, a more collectivism and other macroeconomic factors might facilitate corruption practices in European regions. Thus, an analysis of the environment is relevant to prevent fraud attitudes in European companies.

Therefore, the aim of this special issue is the development of high-level comparative studies on the analysis of the factors and aspects leading the possibilities to explain and prevent fraud and corruption practices in European organisations and institutions. In this way, the topic includes the overall corporate decision making by managers, directors, politicians and other relevant stakeholders in public and/or private organisations. Moreover, proposals about the institutional context, the analysis of the level of disclosure in each European country and other indicators about the risk of corruption attitudes are also welcome. Finally, it also includes the form of misuse of different types of EU funds and public procurements.

The authors are invited to participate at the workshop Conference in Porto (17th and 18th June 2021) about the prevention of Fraud in European companies and institutions organised by the Eumodfraud EU Research project and the Observatório de Economia e Gestão de Fraude (OBEGEF). The Guest Editors will be inviting substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the event for review and potential publication.

Subject Coverage
For this Special Issue, we are interested in European cross-country and comparative studies about the problematic of corruption and fraud in public and private organisations.

Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Case studies of corruption scandals for different EU multinational firms in some specific region, country or sector.
  • The prevention antifraud policies and the influence on corporate risk taking and firms value.
  • The failure of control systems to prevent fraud attitudes and to avoid overinvestment or underinvestment decision in different companies, sectors, environments or scenarios.
  • The relationship between corporate social responsibility policies, financial performance and the risk of corruption in European companies.
  • Studies about the relationships between entrepreneurship and corruption.
  • Comparative studies among EU regions of differences in Cultural Values and Practices on Corrupt Behavior.
  • The effectiveness of EU laws against fraud and corruptions actions by some private and/or public institutions in different regions and environments.
  • Comparative studies of disclosure and government efficiency in European funds for different regions of the EU.
  • Studies about how the different leadership styles might prevent fraud.
  • Fraudulent behavior in nonprofit organisations.
  • Nepotism and favouritism as the result of corruptive behaviour.
  • Meta-analyses and complete reviews of the state of art of corruption.
Kabbach de Castro, L.R., Aguilera, R., and Crespi-Cladera, R. (2016). Family Firms and Compliance: Reconciling the Conflicting Predictions Within the Socioemotional Wealth Perspective, Family Business Review, 30, 137-159.
Argandoña, A. (2003). Private-to-private Corruption. Journal of Business Ethics, 47(3), 253.267.
Bahooab, S., Alon, I., and Paltrinieria, A. (2020). Corruption in international business: A review and research agenda. International Business Review, 29(4), 101660.
Blanc, R., Cho, C.H, Sopt, J., and Castelo Branco, M. 2019. Disclosure Responses to a Corruption Scandal: The Case of Siemens AG. Journal of Business Ethics,156, 545-561.
Bonnemains, Léna et al. (2018). Preventing fraud and corruption in European Structural and Investment Funds – taking stock of practices in the EU Member States. Carmichael, S. (1995). Business ethics: The new bottom line. London Demos.
Cuervo-Cazurra, A. (2008). The effectiveness of laws against bribery abroad. Journal of International Business Studies, 39, 634-651.
Cuervo-Cazurra, A. (2016). Corruption in international business. Journal of World Business, 51(1), 35-49.
Díez-Esteban, J.M., Farinha, J.B., and García-Gomez, C.D. (2016). The role of institutional investors in propagating the 2007 financial crisis in Southern Europe. Research in International Business and Finance, 38(C), 439-454.
Gelbrich, K., Stedham, Y., and Gäthke, D. (2016). Cultural discrepancy and National corruption: Investigating the difference between cultural values and practices and Its relationship to corrupt behavior. Business Ethics Quarterly, 26(2), 201-225.
Greenlee, J., Fischer, M., Gordon, T., and Keating, E. (2007). An investigation of fraud in nonprofit organisations: Occurrences and deterrents. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 36(4), 676-694.
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López-de-Foronda, O., López-de-Silanes, F., López-Iturriaga, F.J., and Santamaría-Mariscal, M. (2019). Overinvestment, leverage and financial system liquidity: A challenging approach. Business Research Quarterly, 22(2), 96-104.
López-de-Silanes, F., Djankov, S., La Porta, R., and Shleifer, A. (2010). Disclosure by politicians. Journal of Political Economy, 112(2), 445-70.
López-de-Silanes, F., and Chong, A. (2015). Money Laundering and its Regulation. Economics & Politics, 27(1), 78-123.
López-Iturriaga, F.J. and Pastor Sanz, I. (2018). Predicting Public Corruption with Neural Networks: An Analysis of Spanish Provinces. Social Indicators Research, 140(3), 975-98.
Lopatta, K., Jaeschke, R., Tchikov, M., and Lodhia, S. (2016). Corruption, Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Constraints: International Firm-level Evidence. European Management Review, 14, 47-65.
Pearce, C. L., Manz, C. C., and Sims Jr, H. P. (2008). The roles of vertical and shared leadership in the enactment of executive corruption: Implications for research and practice. The Leadership Quarterly, 19(3), 353-359.
Sanyal, R. and Samanta, S. (2017). Bribery in international business in post-Soviet Union countries. Journal of East-West Business, 23(4), 388-402.
Scannella, E. and Polizzzi, S. (2019). Do Large European Banks Differ in their Derivative Disclosure Practices? A Cross-Country Empirical Study. Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance, 30(1), 14-36.
Tonoyan, V., Strohmeyer, R., Habib, M., & Perlitz, M. (2010). Corruption and entrepreneurship: How formal and informal institutions shape small firm behavior in transition and mature market economies. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 34(5), 803-832.
Transparency International Italy. (2016). Impact of Statutes of Limitations in Corruption Cases Affecting EU Financial Interests. (2nd May 2020).
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Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

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Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 17 August, 2021

Notification to authors: 17 October, 2021

Final versions due by: 17 December, 2021