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Collusion, reputation damage and interest in code of conduct: The case of a Dutch construction company


  • Graafland, J.J.


In November 2001, a TV program showed that many large Dutch construction companies participated in price fixing. We analyze how one such company, Heijmans, reacted to the reputation crises after the TV program by introducing a code of conduct. We present the outcomes of a questionnaire survey conducted among 140 managers just after the TV program with respect to the relevance of such a code and discuss the change in attitude of the CEO of Heijmans following after the negative publicity.

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  • Graafland, J.J., 2004. "Collusion, reputation damage and interest in code of conduct: The case of a Dutch construction company," MPRA Paper 20281, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:20281

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    1. Janet Adams & Armen Tashchian & Ted Shore, 2001. "Codes of Ethics as Signals for Ethical Behavior," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 29(3), pages 199-211, February.
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    Corporate social responsibility; code of conduct; collusion; construction sector; reputation; parliamentary investigation; regulation;

    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • L74 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Construction
    • K21 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Antitrust Law


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