The relationship between culture and corruption: A cross-national study

DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Journal of Intellectual Capital 01/2009; 10(1). DOI: 10.1108/14691930910922978


Purpose – This paper aims to investigate the relationship between the GLOBE (Global Leadership and Organizational Behaviour Effectiveness) project national cultural dimensions of values and practices and the Corruption Perception Index (CPI). Design/methodology/approach – Most empirical research on culture dimensions and corruption is based on Hofstede's dataset of culture conducted more than 25 years ago. Evidence from a more recent dataset of culture dimensions is needed before current generalizations can be made. The GLOBE project is based on the perceptions of 18,000 individuals. Findings – The results provide empirical support for the influence of uncertainty avoidance values, human orientation practices, and individual collectivism practices on the level of corruption after controlling for economic and human development, which, in turn, adds to the efforts to build a general theory of the culture perspective of corruption. Research limitations/implications – The findings offer valuable insights on why cultural values and cultural practices should be distinguished as they relate to corruption. Practical implications – International policy makers as well as managers at multinational corporations can benefit from the findings of this research study. Originality/value – The research reported is among the first to investigate the issue of corruption from the perspective of national cultural values and practices.

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    • "Sanyal (2005) found that higher cultural values of power distance and masculinity contribute to more bribe taking. Also, the Seleim and Bontis (2009) study found that the cultural dimensions of uncertainty avoidance, humane orientation, and collectivism related to corruption. Some studies showed that the national policies (Cuervo-Cazurra, 2006) such as economic freedom of a country (Graeff & Mehlkop, 2003), GNP per capital (Husted, 1999), and historical development of a nation (Triesman, 2000) are all related to corruption. "
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    • "The results how that both government agency sand private organizations, organizational culture administrative system was effective in administrative health system improvement and stories and organizational patters, the strongest component and traditional values, have been the weakest cultural element sin reduction of administrative corruption. Seleim and Bontis (2009) in a study entitled "The relationship between culture and corruption: a cross-national study", that have done based on Haftsed`s cultural model, stated that lack of confidence increase levels of corruption. Thus, policymakers need to recognize the system of formal mechanisms, such as incentive system sand make promoting flexibility. "
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