The illegal toxic waste market in Italy – a tale of entrepreneurial talent falling into the wrong hands
Insights from research at HEC Lausanne-UNIL – Can entrepreneurial ingenuity become toxic? And how can a criminal organisation successfully develop and perfect a real illegal business over the decades? These are the questions that Prof. Guido Palazzo, professor in business ethics at HEC Lausanne-UNIL proposes to answer in his recent research into the scandal of illegal toxic waste in Italy.
On 4 February 1991, Mario Tamburrino was blinded by splashes from industrial chemical products while he was unloading the barrels that he had transported from Piedmont to Naples as part of his job. That was when the notorious illegal toxic waste scandal came to light, a crime made possible by the Mafia's entrepreneurial ingenuity, lax regulations, and environmental pollution on an industrial scale.
It is a scandal that continues today, as the professor in business ethics Guido Palazzo explains in an article recenlty published on the HECimpact research blog. It's a tale that is both saddening and worrying.
You can find it on the HECimpact research blog.
Find out more about:
- Prof. Guido Palazzo: Guido Palazzo is Professor of Business Ethics. In his research, he is passionate about the dark side of the force and examines unethical decision making from various angles. He is mainly known for his studies in globalization, in particular on human rights violations in global value chains, but he also studies the reasons for unethical behavior in organization and the impact of organized crime on business and society. Currently, he is examining the illegal toxic waste business of the Italian Mafia.
- Department of Strategy, Globalization and Society (SGS): The SGS department is conducting research on the sources of firms’ long-term competitive advantage and sustainable performance. One of the founding belief of the department is that firms’ strategies in a globalizing world often have to take into account not only market dimensions and opportunities (competition, price, differentiation, innovation, diversification, M&As, etc.) but also nonmarket ones (ethics, environmental aspects, regulation, macroeconomic policies, politics, media influences, etc.).
par Chantal Behar