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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Secret to Business Ethics: How to Manage Workplace Fraud Cases and Build Integrity-Based Strategies for Responsible Leadership by Jean Pael is a working companion that both private and public organizations need. In an age when fraud and corruption are rampant and when technology enables more advanced and subtle methods of fraud, this book becomes most relevant as it raises awareness on a subject that threatens businesses, organizations, and individuals worldwide. In this book, the author uses an unconventional style of writing and creates interactions with a fictitious character, Julia, to explain the complexities and nuances of fraud and how to curb it within an organization. From defining fraud and identifying its different levels — internal fraud, external fraud, and fraud against individuals — to proposing strategies of preventing it, the author comes across as knowledgeable in the subject and proposes a road map that doesn’t just help individual companies fight fraud but also involves the international community in the process.
Jean Pael offers a step-by-step program that enables companies and organizations as well as individuals to identify vulnerability and design bullet-proof methods for them. Readers will understand how to create anti-corruption programs that protect their companies and organizations, develop process controls that reinforce a work ethic grounded in responsibility, assess the risks involved when dealing with third party organizations and a lot more. The book is written in an inimitable style, featuring lively and interesting conversations, an intelligent use of the epistolary style, and formatting that makes for an easy and enjoyable read. The tone is casual and the voice clear and compelling. While this is a great companion to businesses and organizations, it will create an awareness in readers of fraud, inform them of the existing anti-corruption and fraud laws and regulations, and give them the wisdom to identify instances of fraud and how to deal with them. A very informative book on a very sensitive subject!