Leadership Talk by Armando Castro

Trust and Governance in Corrupt Cartels: A Case Study of the Construction and Oil and Gas Industry

  • Starts:14:00, 14 March 2024
  • Ends:15:00, 14 March 2024
  • Location:Zoom
  • Enrolment deadline:14.03.2024 14:05
  • Contact:Federica De Molli (federica.d.molli@bi.no)


In this paper we examine a cartel of construction companies’ suppliers of the oil and gas multinational company Petrobras in Brazil. This case study offers an account of these corrupt practices in the Construction industry and explains how the corrupt cartel, despite being illegal, relied on the self-motivated and mobilized actors that trusted each other. This trust was essential to institutionalize corrupt practices and developing governance rules that were used for over a decade.


Armando Castro

Armando Castro is an Associate Professor of Management at the Bartlett at the University College London. His research interests include topics in business ethics such as anticorruption and ESG. Armando’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Academy of Management Annals and Journal of Management Inquiry. He has is a regular reviewer of  journals such as Business & Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Management.

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