General theory, gender-specific theory, and white-collar crime

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Purpose-The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of gender in white-collar crime. Directions for future research testing general and gender-specific theories are provided. Design/methodology/approach-Prior research is reviewed and critiques of general and gender-specific explanations for offending in the workplace context are advanced. Findings-Gender-specific explanations in other offending contexts (e.g. violent crime) appear to be less applicable to the understanding of white-collar crime, a finding that lends support to general theory. Practical implications-This paper provides an outline for future research testing criminological theory in organizational settings. Originality/value-This paper represents a unique attempt to apply general and gender-specific theories to a variety of financial crimes in the context of organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)422-431
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Financial Crime
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 5 2015


  • Fraud
  • Gender
  • General theory
  • Organizations
  • White-collar crime

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Law


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