Davide Torsello

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Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51 | C303
(+43) 1 25230 7111

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Davide Torsello is professor of anthropology and organizational behavior. He was trained in social anthropology at LSE and Max Planck Institute for SocialAnthropology. He gained extensive experience of ethnographic field research in organizations and communities in Japan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He has been studying political and business corruption, focusing in particular on the social and cultural as well as the organizational cultural aspects of the phenomenon including gift-exchange, ethics, values, informality, trust, social networks, organizational culture, change and globalization. He has published seventy journal articles and book chapters and eleven books, four of which on corruption: The Cultural Theory of Corruption. Institutions, Cognitions and Organizations (Edward Elgar 2023);Corruption in the Public Administration: an Ethnographic Approach (Edward Elgar, 2016); The New Environmentalism? Civil Society and Corruption in the Enlarged EU (Ashgate, 2012); and Debates on Corruption and Integrity. Perspectives from Europe and the US (Palgrave, co-edited with P. Heywood and P. Hardi, 2015). He has contributed as lead researcher to one Siemens Integrity Initiative project developing an educational curriculum framework on business integrity and anti-corruption focusing on the Eastern European and former Soviet Union region. He has consulted and conducted training for the European Council, UNODC, Daimler and the International Anti-Corruption Academy and other business, public administration and third sector organizations on anti-corruption, organizational ethics and integrity, cultural awareness in management and business anthropology. 




PhD, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany

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