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|Bribe Payment Experience and Bribe Taking Acceptability among Koreans Working in Thailand
Bribe Taking Acceptability
|Foreign business persons in Thailand who have paid bribe may regard bribe payment as an exchange of benefits and consider bribe-taking as being acceptable. Specifically, it is hypothesized that the benefit exchange would predict bribe-taking acceptability, and the experience of bribe payment would mediate the relationship of benefit exchange and bribe-taking acceptability.
The hypotheses were tested among 400 Korean business persons working in Bangkok and Rayong city. Benefit exchange was operationally defined as the payers’ perception of bribe payment as an exchange for benefits. Bribe payment experience was operationally defined as the experience of paying a bribe in Thailand. Bribe taking acceptability was operationally defined as the payers’ acceptance of the bribe takers’ demands. Four hundred hard and electronic copies of the questionnaire were distributed to Korean’s working in Thailand in various businesses, during 08.04.2014 to 30.04.2014.
Results supported the hypotheses: benefit exchange predicted bribe-taking acceptability and the mediation effect of bribe payment experience on the relationship of benefit exchange to bribe taking acceptability was significant. Results of the study point to the influence of behavior on attitude; those who paid bribe came to regard bribe payment as exchange of benefits and the demand for bribe as being acceptable. The drive to stop bribery in Thailand may have to start at
bribe payers by pointing out that bribe taking is unacceptable and that paying bribe is an illegal activity and not an exchange of benefits between bribe payers and bribe takers.
|Independent Study (M.B.A.)--Graduate School, Bangkok University, 2015
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