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Leaks vs. Whistle-Blowers? That is the Question.

JUL 27, 2017 – "Is a leak the same thing as a whistle-blower? As I continue to see the reference of leaks repeatedly in the media and the White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci’s pledge to fire the leakers, I began to wonder if a leak was the same thing as a whistle-blower."

Teaching Ethics In The Trump Era

JAN 15, 2017 – "Ethics is under attack. Headline after headline citing conflicts of interests from incoming elected officials, allegations of unpatriotic behavior as well as allegations of inappropriate behavior from senior leaders are routinely flooding the news. This real (and not fake news) has a profound impact on those of us who teach ethical leadership in college."

Samoas, Thin Mints and Business Ethics

FEB 15, 2014 – "Selling cookies, I learned more than how to resist the temptation to embezzle. Since my parents were not involved in the process, other than walking me around the neighborhood, the buck stopped with me. I was in charge of all orders and counted my money every night. I learned never to set unrealistic sales goals; to always take responsibility for my work; and that if someone says 'no,' have confidence, because another will say 'yes.'"

Most Notorious ‘Pink-Collar’ Criminal to Be Sentenced for $53 Million Theft

FEB 15, 2013 – "Once known as one of the leading American quarter horse breeders, Crundwell embezzled more than $53 million from the town of Dixon, Illinois, which has a population of 16,000 and an annual budget between $6 and $8 million." 


Pope, Richmond K. and Roubi, O. (2022). Learning with Documentaries. Strategic Finance, (forthcoming August 2022).

Kaplan, S., Lanier, D, Pope, K and Samuels, J. (2020). Insurance investigators' follow-up intentions when whistleblowers report healthcare fraud: The effects of anonymity and previous internal reporting. Behavioral Research in Accounting 32 (2): 91-101.

Lanier, D., Pope, K. and Nkansa, P. (2020). Using Reality tv to enliven learning. Strategic Finance, 102(2), 30-35.

Pope, Richmond K. (2015). Overhauling Ethics Education. Strategic Finance; Vol. 97, Iss. 2, pp. 40-47.

Lowe, D., Pope, K., and Samuels, J. (2015). An Examination of Financial Sub-certification and Timing of Fraud Discovery on Employee Whistleblowing Reporting Intentions. Journal of Business Ethics, 131(4), 757-772.

Kaplan, S., Pope, K and Samuels, J. (2015). An Examination of the Effects of Managerial Procedural Safeguards, Managerial Likeability, and Type of Fraudulent Act on Intentions to Report Fraud to a Manager. Behavioral Research in Accounting: Fall, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 77-94.

Pope, K and Samuels, J. (2014). Are Organizations Hindering Employee Whistle-blowing? Journal of Accountancy; New York Vol. 218, Iss. 6, (Dec 2014): 44,8-9

Pope, K. and Churyk, N. (2014). The Anatomy of a Whistleblowing Letter: A Descriptive Study. Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting, Vol. 6, Issue 1, January-June, pp. 82-98.

Pope, K. (2013). The $54 Million Fraud: What CPAs Can Learn from the Fleecing of Dixon. Forensic & Valuation Insider. Published online July 31, 2013.
       *Ranked one of top 10 articles by the AICPA in 2013 

Pope, K., and Lee, C. (2013). Could the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 be Helpful in Reforming Corporate America? An Investigation on Financial Bounties and Whistle-Blowing Behaviors in the Private Sector. Journal of Business Ethics, 112(4), 597-607.

*2008 16th Annual Conference AEPP Honorable Mention-Best Paper Award

Kaplan, S., Pope, K. and Samuels, J. (2011). An Examination of the Effect of Inquiry and Auditor Type on Reporting Intentions for Fraud. Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory: November 2011, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 29-49. 

Kaplan, S., Pope, K. and Samuels, J. (2010). The Effect of Social Confrontation on Individuals’ Internal Reporting Intentions of Fraud. Behavioral Research in Accounting, 22 (2): 51-67.

Smith, P. C., McTier, K. A. and Pope, K. (2009). Nonprofit Employees’ Machiavellian Propensities. Financial Accountability & Management, 25 (3): 335-352.

Hartman, L. P., Elm, D. R., Radin, T. J., and Pope, K. R. (2009). Translating corporate culture around the world: A cross-cultural analysis of whistleblowing as an example of how to say and do the right thing. Politeia: Corporate and Stakeholder Responsibility Theory and Practice, 105 (93): 255-272.

Richmond, K. and Smith, P. C. (2007). Calls for greater accountability within the US nonprofit sector.  Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal, 11 (2): 75-87.

Pope, K. R. and Ong, B. (2007). The CPA as the modern forensic accountant: Strategies for forming an effective forensic accounting team. The CPA Journal, 77 (4): 64-67.

Pope, K. R. and Vosicky, K. (2006). Managing the risks of commercial relationships, Accounting Today, 20 (20): 6.

Pope, K. R. (2006). Measuring the ethical propensities of accounting students: Mach IV versus DIT. Journal of Academic Ethics, 3 (2-4): 89-111.

Pope, K. R. and Smith, P. C. (2005). Machiavellian tendencies of nonprofit healthcare employees. Journal of Health Care Finance, 32 (2): 19-31.

Richmond, K. A. and Smith, P. C. (2004). Ethical dilemmas in the nonprofit sector: The need for analysis of employee ethical behavior. The Journal of Nonprofit Management, 8 (1): 26-36. 

Harden, W., Biggart, T. and Richmond, K. A. (2003). Jobs and growth tax relief reconciliation act of 2003: A financial professional’s overview. The Journal of Financial Service Professionals, 57 (5): 36-44.

Belski, W., Brovosky, J. and Richmond, K. A. (2003, reprinted in 2007). A few bad apples in the bunch? A post-Enron examination of the business student's perception of the prestige of the accounting profession. New Accountant, 704: 12-15.

Richmond, T.R. and Richmond, K. A. (1998). Charting a new millennium agenda for historically black colleges and universities. The Negro Educational Review, 49 (3-4): 147-152.

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