Employee theft : a study of the major sociological, economic and business causal theories Public Deposited

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  • Although employee theft is claimed by many authors to be a significant problem in America with corrosive and damaging effects upon business and society, very little research has been done to establish the causes of such behavior. The purpose of this thesis was to identify, discuss, and critically evaluate theories that might have the potential to explain the etiology of employee theft. To discover the most promising theories necessitated searching the literature of several disciplines, including criminology/sociology, business, and economics. A surprisingly small amount of literature that could be considered of a serious or research nature that was concerned specifically with employee theft could be uncovered. It became necessary to broaden the search to include major theories on the etiology of crime in general and to determine their applicability and value in the study of employee theft. Differential association theory, alienation theory, labeling theory, and cost/benefit analysis were identified as having potential value despite their cited shortcomings. The final chapter compared the approaches of the theories, discussed how current research methodology is deficient, and suggested areas for future research.
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