The Role Of Theaud Triangle In Ethical Circles

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Unfortunately, the reasons are far more deeply rooted than just criminal tendencies. According to Chuck Gallagher (2014), in his article from the Compliance and Ethics Professional journal, there are three main bad behaviors, commonly called ‘the fraud triangle’ in ethical circles. These behaviors are need, opportunity, and rationalization (p. 26). Need is the primary emotional state that begins the transformation from ethical to unethical decision making. It could be financial need; it could be the need for power. Opportunity is the ability for an individual to commit the unethical behavior. No matter how much need someone may have, if there is no opportunity, it will not happen. Service members have a multitude of opportunities to
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