Minimalism became an important part of modern architecture, lifestyle and music. If you transfer this philosophy to politics, the idea is to reduce bureaucracy as much as possible. This makes sense as bureaucracy can provoke corruption and corruption bureaucracy again. A statistical confirmation gives the comparison of the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index with the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. Doing so, the result is a Correlation Index of 0,79, what indicates a strong positive relation.
What is true for macroeconomics is also valid for single companies. Complicated guidelines, tools and procedures are scaring employees, instead of supporting them. For is a Compliance system shall be as easy as possible, but on the other hand as strong as necessary.
Donald Cressey’s well-known “Fraud Triangle” from 1973 is an ideal base. As criminologist he developed the triangle to explain criminal behavior, but as sociologist he did much more, he created a simple model to explain human behavior inside groups. Motivation, rationalization and opportunity define which conditions must be given to provoke a non-conformal behavior of single participants inside a group. Further the triangle identifies which areas to focus on to prevent possible wrong-doings and implement adequate counter-measures.
Especially in times of business pressures and limited budgets, this is an ideal starting point to elaborate your own Ethics & Compliance system or adapt an existing one.
- Cressey, Donald (1973): “Other People’s Money: A Study in the Social Psychology of Embezzlement”
- Henz, Patrick (2015): “The Geometry of Business Ethics”
- World Bank Group (2014): “Doing Business”
- Transparency International (2014): “Corruption Perception Index”