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The Effects of Corruption on the Collective Mental State of Organisations

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Bostock, WW (2012) The Effects of Corruption on the Collective Mental State of Organisations. GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences, 1 (2). pp. 69-73. ISSN 2251-2853

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Abstract

Corruption is defined and the magnitude of its consequences for living standards, health and wellbeing is assessed. Once in place, a corrupt organisation can become a self-sustaining system, maintained by the reality that the costs of reform are much higher than the costs of tolerance. However, there are also heavy psychological costs that come with tolerance. After each new incident of manifest corruption within an organisation, a psychological dynamic comes into play, very similar to the well-known stages of grief. An organisation will pass through these stages, or become fixated at one or more of them, until a resolution of the original manifestation of corruption has occurred, for better or worse. The need to identify areas of corruption before undesirable mental states become endemic is thus a major imperative.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: corruption, higher education, Jonestown, mental state, psychological effects, Shanghai
Journal or Publication Title: GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences
Page Range: pp. 69-73
ISSN: 2251-2853
Additional Information: Copyright 2012 Global Science and Technology Forum
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2012 23:43
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2012 23:43
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/15659
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