Esprit de corps as a source of deviant behavior in organizations. Applying an old concept with a new livery

  • Peter GraeffEmail author
  • Julia Kleinewiese
Part of the Organization, Management and Crime - Organisation, Management und Kriminalität book series (OMC)


Deviance and misconduct refer to the “dark side” of organizational actors, which has been studied since the early days of Organizational Sociology (cf. Vaughan, 1999). Scrutinizing this topic, several sociological studies consider deviance on an aggregated level, such as the company as a whole. An example of this is the refinement of the term “useful illegality”, by Pohlmann et al. (2016), which was originally developed by Luhmann (1964).


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