Business, ethnography and the global economic crisis: Paradigm power in the African "corruption" debate

De Maria, W. (2009) Business, ethnography and the global economic crisis: Paradigm power in the African "corruption" debate. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 5 4: 263-284. doi:10.1108/17422040911003024


Author De Maria, W.
Title Business, ethnography and the global economic crisis: Paradigm power in the African "corruption" debate
Journal name Critical Perspectives on International Business   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1742-2043
1758-6062
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/17422040911003024
Volume 5
Issue 4
Start page 263
End page 284
Total pages 22
Place of publication Bingley, W. Yorks, U.K.
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to problematise the concept of corruption as it is used in the African context by exposing the weaknesses in the business model used to define corruption and resource the massive yet incompetent anti-corruption effort. The paper then aims to follow this critique by considering an alternative way of dealing with the awesome dimensions of African corruption.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper utilises in-depth secondary source analysis, applying critical theory.

Findings – Corruption's main interpretive framework, neo-liberalism, is exposed as dominating, business-centric and non-utilitarian. A new paradigm with a strong ethnographic texture is presented.

Originality/value – The paper for the first time co-analyses two contending paradigms for the construction of African corruption in the context of the global economic crisis.
© Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Keyword Corruption
Africa
Economics
Globalization
Culture
Political philosophy
Ethnography
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes "This paper was presented at the 6th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, 13-15 July 2009."

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
 
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