Fraud and corruption: measurement, strategies and policing
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
The ten-refereed papers underlying this thesis primarily focus on the measurement of fraud and corruption, counter fraud and corruption strategies and the policing of fraud and corruption. The refereed papers deal with these issues in different contexts e.g. health care, sport, the FTSE 100 etc. and illustrate that while different sectors there are common themes and strategies needed to prevent and reduce fraud and corruption. All of the publications in this thesis therefore make suggestions – some implicit and some explicit – on how to tackle fraud and corruption and are thus not only an academic contribution to knowledge, but also have practical relevance too. This contribution is based on actual research, rather than literature based work, and therefore includes a variety of research methods and the publication of primary research. Furthermore, many of these publications are international in their approach drawing on literature from around the world. Therefore, to ‘set the scene’ the contemporary relevance and importance of the research is explained with a focus on the contribution to knowledge these papers produced. This is followed by the contribution these papers have made in exposing the limitations of present policing of fraud and corruption strategies. This is then supported by the usefulness of fraud risk measurement exercises, and then the development of an anti-fraud culture, which is a common theme in the majority of these papers. In the conclusion all the core elements of these papers are combined to illustrate the contribution this research has made to current academic debate regarding fraud and corruption.
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