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Lehtinen, J., Locatelli, G., Sainati, T., Artto, K., & Evans, B. (2022). The grand challenge: Effective anti-corruption measures in projects. International Journal of Project Management, 40(4), 347–361.

The grand challenge : effective anti-corruption measures in projects

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Author: Lehtinen, Jere1,2; Locatelli, Giorgio3; Sainati, Tristano4;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Technology, Industrial Engineering and Management, P.O. Box 4610, FIN-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
2Aalto University, School of Science, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Maarintie 8, P.O. Box 15500, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland
3Politecnico di Milano, School of Management, Via Labruschini 4/B – 20156 Milano, Italy
4University of Leeds, School of Civil Engineering, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2022
Publish Date: 2025-04-29


A grand challenge in projects involves employing anti-corruption measures effectively for dealing with corruption. Existing research is scattered across a wide range of disciplines and thus understanding of the effectiveness of anti-corruption measures in projects remains obscure. Focusing on construction projects, which are the most studied and affected by corruption, we aim to establish what kinds of anti-corruption measures are effective, and how. We use design-oriented research synthesis to systematically study existing empirical evidence related to anti-corruption measures in construction projects, found in management journals across various disciplines. Our study shows that there is scarce empirical evidence documenting the effectiveness of anti-corruption measures in projects. Nevertheless, our findings show that compliance, managerial, probing, reactive, and regulatory measures can be effective. The two main mechanisms explaining how the different anti-corruption measures are effective are enhanced transparency of project operations and incentivised stakeholders. We conclude with a research agenda focused on project governance.

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Series: International journal of project management
ISSN: 0263-7863
ISSN-E: 1873-4634
ISSN-L: 0263-7863
Volume: 40
Issue: 4
Pages: 347 - 361
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2022.04.003
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Funding: Additionally, the authors are grateful to the Finnish Foundation for Economic Education for the first author’s mobility grant (grant number: 160183) that enabled this research.
Copyright information: © 2022. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license