Corruption - Incentives, Disclosure and Liability

BUS452 Corruption - Incentives, Disclosure and Liability

  • 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

    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, assignment, group assignment, cases, debates in class

    Excursion to two countries: Georgia and Ukraine (for a limited number of students)

  • Recommended prerequisites

    Recommended prerequisites

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

  • Required prerequisites

    Required prerequisites

    The standard requirements for NHH master courses apply.

  • Requirements for course approval

    Requirements for course approval

    Two mandatory assignments: one individual and one group assignment

  • Assessment


    Written individual school-based exam, 4 hours

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale


  • Semester



  • 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. 

  • Other information

    Other information

    The ethics course BUS452 can be a part of BUS major/minor, FIE major/minor, STR major/minor, or an elective course.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Course responsible

 Tina Søreide, RRR