Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE credits
The increase in white-collar crimes has become a common feature around the globe and
its impact has left many conglomerates despaired affecting businesses, economies,
employees and families that are somehow related to these organizations. The famous
money laundering and accounting scandals such as; Parmalat, Adelphia, Yukos Oil
Company, Qwest Communications International, Tyco, and WorldCom, are true bitter
realities of the corporate world. The dilemma is costing enterprises great amounts of
money to set the image right that keeps on getting wrong. People are hired on loads of
relevant work experience with excellent academic backgrounds, yet the strain of
dishonesty lurks within the individual worker of an organization.
The purpose of the research is to investigate the dismal realities that occur within the
recruiters’ conscious or subconscious mind during a recruitment and selection process
(the gateway to an organization). Our objective is to identify the dimensions of enterprise
hypocrisy and to understand and explain the scenarios and the ways professionals are
trying to cope with the matter.
The recruiters see the white collar crimes as a potential rising concern and are using
personality test such as the OPQ 32 (Occupational Personality Questionnaire) together
with other methods (interviews, references, intuition, education, etc.) in hiring the right
candidate for the job, which hopefully would be potentially harmless to the organization.
The findings are not based on a systematic comparative study and can therefore only be
interpreted as indicative.
Umeå: Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet , 2007. , 84 p.
Hypocrisy, Honesty, Hiring Process, Recruitment and Selection, Character, Courage, Vision, Emotional Intelligence, Dimensions of Hypocrisy.