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Preventing Corporate Misconduct


In this seminar series researchers present their current work on corporate misconduct and how it can be reined in. Corporate misconduct occurs when firms violate
rules or expectations that are legally or socially enforced. Despite stricter regulation and growing awareness, corporate misconduct continues to occur frequently, causing significant costs to society (health or environmental harm, aggressive tax planning/evasion, human rights abuses, financial fraud, and corruption).

The seminar is jointly organized by the FACTS and the Management & Marketing Department, and the Freie Universität Empirical Legal Studies Center (FUELS).


Dates winter 2023/24:

Date & Time        Location         Speaker                                        Topic Hosted by
Nov 3, 2023 | 
2:15 - 3:45 PM
Room 013,
Thielallee 73
Michael Leyer
(Philipps-Universität Marburg)
Behavioral Process Mining FACTS
Nov 24, 2023 | 
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Room 013,
Thielallee 73
Roger Silvers
(University of Utah)
Institutional mobility in global capital markets FACTS,
Dec 14, 2023 | 
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Room 013,
Thielallee 73
Vivek Astvansh
(McGill University Montreal)
Hedge Fund Activism, Managerial Myopia, and Product Issues M&M

Jan 11, 2024 |
2:00 - 3:30 PM

Room 013,
Thielallee 73

Tanusree Jain
(Copenhagen Business School)

A corporate governance view of corporate irresponsibility


Jan 12, 2024 |
2:00 - 3:30 PM

Room 013,
Thielallee 73

Andrzej Uhl
(University of Cambridge)

Introducing a criminological bribery game. An experimental research
design for the analytic study of corrupt decision-making


Jan 18, 2024 |
2:00 - 3:30 PM

Room 013,
Thielallee 73

C. Miguel Brendl
(Universität Basel) 

Jana Möller-Herm
(Freie Universität Berlin)

After a firm’s misconduct: Emotional counterconditioning of firm attitudes


Jan 25, 2024 | 
2:15 - 3:45 PM

Room 013,
Thielallee 73
Alexander Morell
(Goethe Universität Frankfurt)
Should cartel sanctions be reduced in case the offender runs
a corporate compliance program?

Feb 7, 2024 |
6:00 - 7:45 PM

Room 013,
Thielallee 73
Klaus Ulrich Schmolke
(Joh. Gutenberg Univ. Mainz)
Whistleblowing: Incentives and Situational Determinants FUELS

Feb 15, 2024 | 
2:00 - 3:30 PM

Room 013,
Thielallee 73
Katrin Hummel
(WU Wien)
Does mandatory sustainability reporting decrease loan costs? FACTS,


Previous dates:


July 20, 2023: Jonas Heese (Harvard Business School) - "Does Information Technology Reduce Corporate Misconduct?"

July 13, 2023: Max Braun (FU Berlin) - "CEO Rationalization of Corporate Misconduct"

July 6, 2023: Arvid Hoffmann (Adelaide University) - "Shareholder Litigation Risk and Product Recalls"

June 29, 2023: Aharon Cohen-Mohliver (London Business School) - "Dominant deceptions: explaining the tenacity of deceit in entrepreneurial ventures"

June 22, 2023: Alexander Edeling (KU Leuven) - "When is Competition Really Healthy? Analyzing the Impact of the Firm’s
Competitive Situation on Unethical Firm Behavior"

June 15, 2023: Thomas Roulet (University of Cambridge) - "How pirates Became Privateers: The Legitimiation of Misbehaving Actors by Social Control Agents"

June 8, 2023: Leonard Hoeft (Humboldt Universität) - "Law and Reputation"

May 25, 2023: Vincent A. Traag (Leiden University) - "Causal foundations of bias, disparity and fairness"

May 19, 2023: Hoa Briscoe-Tran (Ohio State University) - "Do Employees Have Useful Information About Firms’ ESG Practices?"

Feb 14, 2023: Alexander Mafael (Stockholm School of Economics) - "Managing Product Recall Effectiveness"

Feb 7, 2023: Jonathan Bundy (Arizona State University) - "No Room for Redemption: Toward an Understanding of Cancellation as a Social Organizational Phenomenon"

Jan 27, 2023: Frank Schiemann (Universität Bamberg) - "Materiality Indications as a Double-Edged Sword: Real Effects of Sustainability Disclosure Standards"

Jan 17, 2023: Tanusree Jain (Copenhagen Business School) - "Behavioral Agency Theory and Corporate Social Irresponsibility"



Dec 9, 2022: Martin Nienhaus (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) - "How to Select Targets for investigations? Evidence from Financial Reporting Enforcement"

Nov 15, 2022: Ruthy Lowenstein Lazar (COLMAN, Rishon LeTsiyon, Israel) - "Gender and Corporate Crime: Do Women on the Board of Directors Reduce Corporate Bad Behavior?"

Jul 12, 2022: Tanusree Jain (Copenhagen Business School) - "A Governance Perspective to Corporate Irresponsibility"

Apr 22, 2022: Aneesh Raghunandan (London School of Economics) - "Gender Pay Gap Misreporting"

Feb 18, 2022: Carsten Momsen (FU Berlin) & Jacqueline E. Ross (University of Illinois College of Law) - "Hinweisgeber und ihre Anwälte als Ermittler – ein Vergleich der Rolle des Whistleblowings im deutschen und amerikanischen Recht"



Jun 8, 2021: Max Braun (FU Berlin) - "A Meta-Analysis on Corporate Wrongdoing"

Apr 29, 2021: Jana Möller (FU Berlin) & Ilias Danatzis (King’s College London) - "Stopping the Spread: The Role of Blame Attributions and Service Provider Measures in Curbing C2C Misbehavior Contagion"



Nov 18, 2020: Vera Shikhelman (Haifa University) - "Self Representation in Israeli Traffic Courts"

Jan 10, 2020: Nitzan Shilon (Peking University) - "Opportunistic Stock Buybacks as an Executive Compensation Problem"



Dec 12, 2019: Shay Lavie (Tel Aviv University) - "Those Who Tan and Those Who Don’t: A Natural Experiment on Colorism"

Oct 29, 2019: Stoyan Sgoure (ESSEC Paris) & Erik Aadland (BI School of Management Oslo) - "Burning the bridges: Authenticity, innovation and transgression in Norwegian black metal"

May 03, 2019: Amir Amel-Zadeh (Oxford University) - "The Link between Sustainability and Shareholder Value and its Implications for Corporate Reporting: Evidence from the Field"



Oct 19, 2018: Annalisa Prencipe (Bocconi Mailand) - "What’s in a Name? Eponymous Private Firms and Financial Reporting Quality"

Jul 10, 2018: Max Braun (FU Berlin) & Thomas Mellewigt (FU Berlin) - "When Do Women on Corporate Boards Lead to More Financial Misrepresentation?"

Jan 19, 2018: Leslie Robinson (Dartmouth College) - "Negotiated Tax Heavens"