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Davide Torsello

Economics and Business
Central European University


Davide Torsello is professor of anthropology and organizational behavior. He has 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 over sixty journal articles and ten books, three of which on corruption: 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 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 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. He is the director of CEU Center for Integrity in Business and Government.

Research Interest

Business and Society, Business Anthropology, Ethical Leaders and Intergity, Organizational Behavior, PhD Seminars, Qualitative Research Methods.


  • ‘Corruption as social exchange: the view from anthropology’. In P. Hardi, P.M. Heywood, and D.Torsello (eds) Debates of Corruption and Integrity: Perspectives from Europe and the US. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 159-83

  • ‘Tengo famiglia: family vs. familistic rhetoric of corruption in present days Italy’. Human Affairs, 25(1):71-80.

  • ‘The anthropology of corruption’. (with B. Venard) Journal of Management Inquiry 25(1): 34-54.

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