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In our 2008 Business Horizons article, we define shaming sanctions as “. . .placing a convicted individual in the spotlight in the public and professional domain as a warning to others (Wurmser, 1981).” We further suggest that “. . .shame is considered a private emotional reaction associated with embarrassment, discomfort, fear, and anger.” Shaming is discussed as an alternative/combination punishment to physical incarceration for white collar criminals. Due to its potential to socially highlight shortcomings, shaming (in combination with other punishments) can send criminals a strong message. Turn the page…

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