Translation of Business and the risk of crime in China

Roderic Broadhurst, Brigitte Bouhours, Thierry Bouhours

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    A major survey of victim companies is conducted among 5117 companies distributing in big cities including Hongkong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Xi’an. As the survey shows, for companies the risk of falling victim to commercial crimes such as fraud, bribery, blackmail and tort against intellectual properties, is much higher than ordinary crimes such as robbery, assault and theft crimes, with the ratio being 3.4:1.Normally large companies are more likely to fall victim of commercial crimes, especially fraud crime, and the situation varies little from one city to another. And when compared with other emerging economies, Western Europe and Eastern Europe, China has fewer commercial crime cases reported by companies. On a macro level, this paper draws on Durkheimian’s theory about modernization and crime to analyze and explain the number of crimes happening to Chinese companies and jeopardizing their commercial affairs. In the micro aspect, this paper depends on criminal opportunity theories and common behavioral theories to discuss the criminal problems plaguing Chinese companies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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