CIPE-GBSN Anti-Corruption Research Partnership

GBSN Global Business School Network

The Effectiveness of Anti-Corruption Training

Numbers & Words: Investigating the Effectiveness of Anti-Corruption Training in Nigeria

By: Pan Atlantic University Research Team

Kemi Ogunyemi
Omowumi Ogunyemi
Adaora Onaga
Chibueze Clinton
Akunna Osa-Edoh

Initiative and Challenges of Corruption Prevention in Corporations: A Lesson Learned from Indonesia

By: Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Rimawan Pradiptyo
Wuri Handayani
BM Purwanto
Valentino Risali
Anggita Utomo

The research was expected to address the following questions:

  • How does individual and organizational behavior change after business leaders participate in anti-corruption compliance trainings?
  • What trends or impact does participation in anti-corruption compliance training have on business performance?
  • Are there differences in observed changes or impact as a result of training, what factors can help account for those differences?
  • What individual and organizational behavior changes can be detected in companies that implement internal anti-bribery rules and controls?
  • What effect on business performance can be detected through or as a result of implementing anti-bribery rules and controls?

Impact of Anti-Corruption Compliance Training on Business & Behavior

In early July 2021, CIPE and GBSN hosted a virtual launch meeting for the research program with academics representing five schools from five countries: Indonesia’s Universitas Gadjah Mada, Brazil’s Fundação Dom Cabral, Colombia’s Universidad de La Sabana, South Africa’s University of Stellenbosch, and Nigeria’s Lagos Business School

The new research is relevant to CIPE’s vision to “expand the opportunity for inclusive growth through market-led solutions.” For several years, CIPE has organized anti-corruption compliance training programs for small- and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets. This line of work has made compliance with global anti-corruption laws more accessible and helped emerging market SMEs attract new partnerships and integrate into global value chains. 

However, the organizational and business performance impact of anti-corruption compliance training – both at the multinational and the emerging market SME level – remains poorly understood. The goal of the CIPE-GBSN Partnership Program was to fund research investigating the impact of anti-corruption compliance training in emerging markets, as well as generate new empirical data from the developing world since the small number of existing studies on the impact of anti-corruption compliance have been conducted in only advanced Western economies. 

Two GBSN member schools were selected to conduct this research and produce a report focused on their local community: Lagos Business School (Nigeria) and Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia).

On Thursday, 2 March, 2023, CIPE’s Anti-Corruption and Governance Center (ACGC) and GBSN co-hosted a panel discussion focusing on the effectiveness of anti-corruption trainings in the Nigerian and Indonesian private sectors.

CIPE and GBSN have been collaborating on a year-long project to fund research investigating the impact of anti-corruption compliance training in emerging markets with the goal of providing new empirical data on the impact of these trainings. The panel focused on the findings from studies conducted by two GBSN Members: Lagos Business School (LBS) in Nigeria and Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Indonesia.

Watch the recording to hear key findings from each report.


Through its work with its Anti-Corruption and Governance Center, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) seeks to improve understanding of how corporate anti-corruption training impacts companies that implement anti-corruption initiatives, to harness the research of business schools around the globe in developing anti-corruption programs, and to provide feedback that will refine CIPE’s anti-corruption program design and development. CIPE and GBSN funded research to understand how anti-corruption interventions such as anti-corruption compliance training and the implementation of internal anti-bribery rules and controls influence individual and organizational behavior and performance.

About the Partners

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and a non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. CIPE’s key program areas include anti corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth. CIPE has extensive experience working with business leaders and policymakers to fight corruption and bolster democratic governance around the world. Through projects, CIPE has developed expertise on corporate governance, anti- corruption, and compliance. The research will be conducted under the supervisor of staff from CIPE’s Anti-Corruption & Governance Center (ACGC) and the Global Business School Network (GBSN).