Corruption - Incentives, Disclosure and Liability

BUS452 Corruption - Incentives, Disclosure and Liability

Autumn 2019

Spring 2020
  • Topics

    This course aims at enhancing students' understanding of the phenomenon of corruption, the problem's persistence, its consequences, and the strengths and weaknesses of various strategies to deal with it. It is a course in applied economics with an emphasis on criminal law and moral choice, and students will learn about corruption risks, institutional challenges, legal regulation and the role of compliance systems. Corruption is associated with legal grey zones and challenging conflicts of interest. The topics addressed demand ethical reflection around individual and institutional choices and the broader consequences of alternative strategies. The course is relevant for the private and the public sector, future leaders, advisers, accountants, board members, investigators and researchers alike. The lectures will describe empirical results, economic theory and criminal law with a heavy use of examples and facts about law enforcement problems, at the national and international level.

  • Learning outcome

    By the end of this course, students will be able to


    • distinguish different forms of corruption
    • explain why corruption distorts markets and hinders development
    • describe the landscape of anticorruption strategies and institutions and judge their strengths and weaknesses
    • explain the function of criminal justice systems in controlling corruption and shaping social norms
    • understand the concept of compliance systems in private and public organizations and its norm-generating function



    • gauge corruption risks in a market, government sector or organization
    • describe different players¿ opportunity to reduce the risk of corruption in various contexts
    • examine the causes of suspected corruption


    General competence

    • understand the ethical dilemmas associated with corruption and become better prepared for confronting them
    • debate the role and ethical responsibility of international players in corruption and anticorruption

  • Teaching

    Lectures, one individual mandatory assignment, one group assignment, dilemma-training in separate work sessions, debates in class

    Around 60 students will be offered to participate in NHH-financed excursion to either Georgia or Ukraine (30 students for each country). This is a voluntary arrangement. Participation in the excursion will give students a deeper understanding of corruption-related challenges. It should not give them significant benefit at the written exam. 

  • Recommended prerequisites

     Prior familiarity with law, micro-economics, and corruption cases will come into use. 

  • Requirements for course approval

    Two mandatory assignments: one individual and one group assignment

  • Assessment

    4 hours written school exam.

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    One book plus articles, reports and cases

    Book: Søreide, T. 2016. Corruption and Criminal Justice: Bridging Economic and Legal Perspectives, Edw. Elgar Publishing  (two first chapters will be made available on the course website)

    Apart from the book, all articles and cases will be provided on the course website. 


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Spring. Offered spring 2019.

Course responsible

 Professor Tina Søreide, Department of accounting, auditing and law