The Organization as Weapon in White-Collar Crime

This Article explores the advantages of using organization or occupation in the more typical case. Our inquiry takes this as its central question: What difference does it make when a white-collar crime is committed in the course of one’s occupation or when acting on behalf, or with the assistance, of an organization? If we are becoming, as some have argued, an organizational society, then we should see the results of this change reflected in illicit as well as licit behavior. The organizational form may be used for either social or antisocial ends. Our principal hypothesis, as the title suggests, is that the organization, size and profitability notwithstanding, is for white-collar criminals what the gun or knife is for the common criminal – a tool to obtain money from victims.