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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Business Administration


Diane Dusick


Corruption is harmful to businesses and impedes performance and growth. When business leaders fail to mitigate fraud and corruption, their business and the local economy suffer. Grounded in the principal-agent theory and the integrative social contract theory, the purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore strategies business leaders in Nigeria use to reduce firm-level corrupt practices. The participants were six anticorruption officers at three firms who implemented successful strategies to reduce corrupt practices to enhance performance. Data collected came from semistructured interviews and company documents. Five themes emerged from the thematic analysis: bribery and corruption are part of the culture, leaders must create anticorruption policies that promote a climate of integrity, leaders must provide appropriate training, leaders must evaluate compliance with laws, and there are multiple benefits to fighting corruption. A key recommendation is for business leaders to embed a culture of integrity and compliance, establish a unified strategy to combat noncompliance, and communicate and collaborate across different operational levels. The implications for social change include the potential to promote the worth, dignity, and development of the employees and leaders, consequently increasing their self-worth, which supports a higher ability for exceeding goals—moreover, when organizations promote public trust, society's confidence rises.

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