The role of power in financial statement fraud schemes

Chad Albrecht, Daniel Holland, Ricardo Malagueño, Simon Dolan, Shay Tzafrir

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In this paper, we investigate a large-scale financial statement fraud to better understand the process by which individuals are recruited to participate in financial statement fraud schemes. The case reveals that perpetrators often use power to recruit others to participate in fraudulent acts. To illustrate how power is used, we propose a model, based upon the classical French and Raven taxonomy of power, that explains how one individual influences another individual to participate in financial statement fraud. We also provide propositions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-813
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number4
Early online date7 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


  • Financial statement fraud
  • Organizational corruption
  • Recruitment
  • Collusion
  • Power and influence

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