African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4094


Antecedents of white collar crime in organizations: A literature review

Sajid Bashir1*, Khurram Shahzad2, Mashal Abbass3, Nida Abbass3 and Sania Saeed3
  1Faculty of Management Sciences, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad, Pakistan. 2Faculty of Management Sciences, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan. 3Faculty of Management Sciences, APCOMS, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 19 October 2011
  •  Published: 30 December 2011



This study is focused on reviewing the literature of white collar crimes to identify factors which determine them in public sector organizations. Referring to a crime committed by someone of high social status, the literature suggest that the major causes of prevalence of white collar crimes are peer support, corporate culture, lack of accountability and lack of reporting. This review helps to understand the importance of white collar crime in today’s public sector organizations.


Key words: White collar crime, public sector organizations.