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Palgrave Macmillan

Financial Crime and Knowledge Workers

An Empirical Study of Defense Lawyers and White-Collar Criminals

ISBN 9781137389114
Publication Date February 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

White-collar crime is defined both in terms of the offence and in terms of the offender. The offence is often financial by nature, taking the form of fraud, tax evasion, corruption, and insider trading. The offender is typically a person of respectability and high social status who commits crime in the course of his or her occupation. When prosecuted in court, white-collar criminals are defended by lawyers, knowledge workers who specialize in the development and application of legal knowledge to solve client problems. Research into the roles of lawyers in white-collar crime is important since it provides new information into a specific area of legal advice linked to corporate and occupational economic crime.
Financial Crime and Knowledge Workers examines the role of lawyers in court cases involving white-collar crimes, revealing fresh insights into the relationship between a lawyer's stature and a case's potential verdict. Gottschalk peels back the theoretical layers surrounding the term 'knowledge worker' and showcases empirical data to support his claims. This work also discusses the three distinct strategies white-collar attorneys use to defend their clients.

Petter Gottschalk is Professor of Information Systems and Knowledge Management at the BI Norwegian Business School, Norway. He is the author of over 20 books on the topic of white-collar crime and knowledge management. He has served as CEO of Norwegian Computing Center, ABB Datakabel, Statens Kantiner, and Norsk Informasjonsteknologi (NIT). He also lectures on entrepreneurship and organised crime at the Norwegian Police University College, Norway.


1. White-Collar Criminals and Crime

2. White-Collar Crime Defense Lawyers

3. White-Collar Crime Defense Strategies

4. Lawyers as Knowledge Workers

5. Theoretical Perspectives on Defense Lawyers

6. Empirical Study of White-Collar Lawyers

7. Law Firms as Knowledge Organizations

8. Knowledge Management in Law Firms

9. Prosecution in Court



"A refreshing take on lawyers as knowledge workers and their strategies for today's financial crime defence. Gottschalk's material stems from Norway, but the trends described include Europe. Thirty years later and on another continent, Gottschalk confirms Kenneth Mann's seminal Defending White Collar Crime. Interesting reading on a topic that has had remarkably little attention during those years." - Trond Eirik Schea, Director, Økokrim (National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime), Norway
"In this fascinating book, Gottschalk addresses how white-collar cases are prosecuted and defended in Norway and shows that the differential treatment of white-collar crimes is not limited to the United States. The book presents a unique and much needed addition to the literature on the problem of controlling white-collar crime that will be of great use to students studying white-collar crime and law enforcement professionals involved with white-collar cases." - Michael L. Benson, Professor and Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research, University of Cincinnati, USA
"This welcome, practical and timely book fills a knowledge gap in relation to the role of defence lawyers in white-collar crime cases. It is timely because of the growth in interest into the entrepreneurial aspects of the work of lawyers. It describes the characteristics of the crime types, the criminals and the lawyers and common defence strategies in the context of knowledge management. The theoretical perspectives chapter is insightful and strengths of the book include its empirical under-pinning and the short, easy-to-understand chapters complete with illustrative case studies." - Robert Smith, Reader in Entrepreneurship, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, UK; Lecturer in Leadership, Scottish Institute for Policing Research, UK
"White-collar crime has a new research input. First Sutherland screened the subject, then Peter Grabosky and John Braithwaite looked at the control of this under-researched area, and now Petter Gottschalk submits an update on one of the more threatening and costly criminal activities, and how the law is involved in getting criminals off the hook of justice." - Joachim Kersten, Professor and Chair of Police Science, German Police University
"A penetrating insight into the inner workings of defense lawyers, white-collar criminals, and their relationships. This comprehensive and incisive analysis provides a rich theoretical prism with which to view individual and organizational decisional strategies." - Eli B. Silverman, co-author, The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation; Professor Emeritus, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, USA.
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