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NameStrengthening MBA Programs on Anti-Bribery and Corruption throughout Europe
ContactVirpi Oksanen
DescriptionArt. 29 of the Treaty on European Union lists the prevention and combating of corruption, organised
or otherwise, as one objective enabling the creation and safeguarding of a European area of
freedom, security and justice. It has been the European Commissions continuous intention to reduce
corruption at all levels in a coherent way within the EU institutions, in EU Member States and outside
the EU, i.e. political corruption, corrupt activities committed by and collusively with organised crime
groups, private-to-private and so-called petty corruption. Despite the fact that the Council Framework
Decision 2003/568/JHA on combating corruption in the private sector is already 15-year old, the
situation of EU Member States is still very unbalanced, with the E.U. member states ranking from
n2 (Denmark) to n71 (Bulgaria) in the Transparency International 2017 Corruption Perceptions

It is an area where tangible progress still needs to be made and where promoting cooperation, peer
learning and exchanges of experience at European level would help upgrading the ranking of the
weaker countries, based on the expertise of the best performing countries. It is also an area where a
significant part of the expertise dissemination must start with higher education, because the topic of
anti-corruption is still facing general skill gaps, including for educators. This is all the more true as
anti-corruption has been siloed for a long time into the Law School programmes whereby recent
developments in the corporate world with the multiplication of corruption cases illustrate the urgent
need to better train and educate future managers and business leaders into the principles and
practicalities of anti-corruption.

This project aims to respond to these challenges: building a robust anti-corruption learning program
for educators to train MBA students and disseminate best practice on standard terms across Europe
in line with the Council Framework Decision 2003/568/JHA.

Objective 1- Create a standard Pan-European course on anti-corruption for MBA students, which will
be designed by a consortium formed of High Education Institutions through their Ethics / MBA
Research teams and Anti-Corruptions experts, all coming from a variety of European countries to
ensure an harmonized view despite different cultural backgrounds, so that the exploitation of the
course can cover all E.U member states.

Objective 2- Disseminate a common approach to anti-corruption among MBA professors/lecturers
and students/alumni, through a live network of all participants involved, providing them with a
permanent access to a database of easy to read - clear to understand document references on anticorruption, including a regularly updated library of real cases, all available on-line.

Objective 3- Extend the reach of this course to at least one MBA programme per E.U. member state,through a robust exploitation plan.

Practically, the project will span over a three-year period to (i) build the MBA course with the support
of undisputable expert institutions and businesses teaming up with HEIs, (ii) then piloting and testing
the course through the respective participating MBA programmes, to test the adequacy of the
standadized course to a pan-European exploitation, and (iii) run the final version of the course into
dissemination and exploitation, with a view to get it adopted by at least one MBA programme in each
member state (long term plan).

The partners consider that investing in knowledge, skills and competences about anti-corruption
principles and processes has become a critical component of Higher Education to protect the ability
of individuals, institutions, organisations and society as a whole to benefit from growth while ensuring
equity, prosperity and social inclusion in Europe and beyond. It should directly contribute to the
achievement of the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the
PartnersIPAG Business School in Paris, University of Gothenburg, Transparency International, Alfred Compliance, Savonia University of Applied Sciences.
Funded byErasmus + 2017-2020