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Michael Marinetto

Dr Michael Marinetto

Reader in Management

Cardiff Business School

+44 29208 75658
Aberconway Building, Room B41, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


Mike is an academic specializing in the study of business ethics and the role of the public intellectual in the modern university. Latterly he has focused on business (un)ethics, namely, the crime organized economy. His research interests revolve around the economic aspects of organized crime, including money laundering, corruption, and financial crime. Mike is particularly interested in examining the mechanisms that allow criminal organizations to accumulate wealth and exert influence in the legal economy. His research explores how organized crime groups exploit vulnerabilities in legal and regulatory frameworks, and the role of globalization in facilitating transnational criminal activity.

His academic background includes a Bachelor's degree in sociology, and a PhD in business ethics. He also holds a Docent in Business Administration (eq. of HDR or Habilitation or Higher Doctorate) from the University of Stockholm, where he holds a visiting research/teaching position.

His writings reflect this research focus on business ethics and the economic dimensions of organized crime. Research has been published in academic journals and presented at national and international conferences. He has also published extensively in news/professional outlets (the Times Higher, the Conversation, Campus Review, the New Statesmen, on various topics of interest from money laundering, and illicit financial flows to the role of the public intellectual in the modern university and the nature of academic life – his articles for the Times Higher can be accessed here or those for the Conversation accessed here.)




















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Current Research Interests

  • Ethics, the crime organised economy, wealth
  • Wealth, the super-rich, patrimonial capitalism, Thomas Piketty
  • Investigative social science and the investigation of wealth and the wealthy
  • Data breaches - the Panama Papers - as social science data
  • Public intellectuals, academia and the contemporary university  

PhD supervision research interests

  • Business ethics/CSR
  • Money laundering and crime
  • Piketty and Capital in the 21st Century
  • Wealth, plutocracy and the super-rich



  • People Behaving Badly (BS3023)
  • International Business Environment (BST458)
  • PhD supervision


Mike Marinetto is an academic researcher with a keen interest in business ethics, crime, and wealth. His academic background includes a Bachelor's degree in the social sciences, and a PhD in CSR/Business Ethics.

His current research focuses on the intersection of business ethics and crime, particularly in relation to the accumulation of wealth through unethical practices.

His research interests revolve around the ethical dilemmas and challenges faced by businesses operating in a global economy. He is especially interested in examining the mechanisms that allow individuals and corporations to accumulate wealth through unethical means, including fraud, corruption, and financial crime. His research explores the ethical implications of such practices and the impact on society and the economy.

Mike's publications reflect a focus on business ethics, crime, and wealth. I have published extensively on topics such as corporate social responsibility, white-collar crime, and ethical leadership. His research has been published in prestigious academic journals (inter alia: Public Administration, Human Relations, Sociology, Political Studies, Work, Employment and Society, Journal of Management Studies) and presented at national and international conferences.

Mike is also committed to the public role of the academic and to writing for a general public. Here he has written for a range of journalistic UK outlets such as the Times Higher Education, the Times Educational Supplement, the Guardian, the New Statesman but also international outlets such as the Campus Review and The Chronicle of Higher Education.