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Centre for Interdisciplinary Compliance-Research (CICR)


The approach of Cross Cultural Compliance crosses and redefines borders in three ways

…between the single scientific disciplines: Compliance management as an interdisciplinary concept

…between state and economy: Compliance management as a paradigm shift in the relation of the regulator and the regulated

…between cultures: Cross Cultural Compliance as a translation between universal standards and socio-cultural differences


In the last few years, compliance management systems (CMS) have done their share to the development of the integrity as well as the general economy strengthening. Originally having started as a reactive measure against cases of corruption, the concept of CMS has become a broad, value-based idea that saves companies from taking compliance risks, that establishes a sustainable culture of compliance and that supports to leverage the value of the business. The concept of CMS crosses conventional borders in the following three aspects:


1. Crossing scientific disciplines

Only if all scientific disciplines concerning CMS were to be adequately taken into consideration and thereby the limits between these conventional disciplines were be exceeded in an innovative manner, could a substantively distinguished compliance standard be established in an enterprise. In this matter law, business administration, sociology, linguistic and other disciplines have to be regarded closely.


2. Crossing and redefining the relation between State and free economy

Usually there is a clear distinction between the State as the regulatory sovereignty and the enterprise as the addressee of such legal norms. Compliance research puts forward innovative concepts that accept the synergy of those two perspectives in order to guarantee the effective implementation of legal norms and values through structures, measures and optimizations in corporations. Compliance thus seeks to combine these allegedly fundamental differences of perspectives and redefines them.


3. Crossing sociological and cultural borders in international business

International enterprises are facing the challenge of implementing generally applicable compliance standards in their global structures in order to keep up a common level of compliance. In some countries, this implementation can come up against social, cultural or communicative limiting factors. Cross cultural compliance (CCC) assesses two borders and their solution and redefinition: On the microscopic level, the border between the original culture and the given culture of application and, on the macroscopic level, the border between the desire of the international community for universal legal norms and the general discrepancy between the normative ideal and the reality of application in the given countries..

The focused subject of the project shall lie in the third of the aforementioned aspects, as those sociological and cultural borders are facing drastic changes at the moment, while remained mostly unaffected in scientific researches so far.