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Corruption in Projects & PM

Is corruption a problem in the project world, or in project management?  In many places and many industries the answer is YES!  This section of the PM World Library (PMWL) is intended to shed some light on this global problem along with potential solutions.  We hope these resources can help reduce corruption in the program and project management field.

General Information

Transparency International - Transparency International is a global movement working in over 100 countries to end the injustice of corruption. We focus on issues with the greatest impact on people’s lives and hold the powerful to account for the common good. Through our advocacy, campaigning and research, we work to expose the systems and networks that enable corruption to thrive, demanding greater transparency and integrity in all areas of public life. Our mission is to stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of society. Our vision is a world in which government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption. We are independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit and work with like-minded partners across the world to end the injustice of corruption. Much more at https://www.transparency.org/en/

Corruption Perceptions Index 2022, Transparency International, report, 31 January 2023. Online at https://www.transparency.org/en/publications/corruption-perceptions-index-2022

Internal Whistleblowing Systems: Best Practice Principles for Public and Private Organizations, Transparency International , report, 2 November 2022. Online at https://www.transparency.org/en/publications/internal-whistleblowing-systems

Promoting the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption: Tools and Tactics, Transparency International, report, 11 July 2022. Online at https://www.transparency.org/en/publications/promoting-african-union-convention-preventing-combating-corruption

Monitoring Public Contracting: Experience from 18 Integrity Pacts in the EU, Transparency International, report, 7 April 2022. Available online at https://www.transparency.org/en/publications/monitoring-public-contracting-in-the-eu


Articles, Insights, Opinions

Lehmann, O. F. (2023). Project Business between Transparency and Corruption, series article, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue III, March. Available online at https://pmworldjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/pmwj127-Mar2023-Lehmann-project-business-between-transparency-and-Corruption.pdf

Okereke, O. C. (2023).  Project management as a tool for eradication of institutionalised national corruption by a servant leader, commentary, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue III, March.  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/pmwj127-Mar2023-Okereke-project-management-to-eradicate-institutionalised-national-corruption.pdf


Papers, Reports, Studies

Budeli, L. (2021). Eliminating capital projects cost flow fraud using distributed ledger technology (DLT), PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue VI, June. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/pmwj106-Jun2021-Budeli-Eliminating-capital-projects-cost-flow-fraud-using-distributed-ledger-technology2.pdf

McMichael, B. (2019). Anti-Corruption Contract Framework, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue VIII, September. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/pmwj85-Sep2019-McMichael-anti-corruption-contract-framework.pdf

Okereke, O. C. (2020). Circles of Corruption in the Global Construction Industry and Suggestions for its Mitigation and Elimination Include the Use of Enterprise Risk Management; PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue V, May. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/pmwj93-May2020-Okereke-circles-of-corruption-in-global-construction-industry.pdf

Prieto, R. (2022). Addressing Corruption Risks in the Construction Industry and its Projects, PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue II, February. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/pnwj114-Feb2022-Prieto-Addressing-Corruption-Risks-in-the-Construction-Industry-featured-paper.pdf


Other Resources




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