Money, Money, Money: Use of Big Data in Your Compliance Program

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Explore:  Big Data

What is No. 2 on the biggest selling rock and roll album of all-time list? It’s Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. In addition to learning that there is no “dark side” to the Moon as it is all dark really; my favorite cut off the album was the song Money. I was thinking about that song and how it might have some relevance to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or Bribery Act, in a rock and roll sort of way, when I came across an article in the October issue of the Harvard Business Review, entitled “Big Data: The Management Revolution” by authors Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson. The authors’ basic premise is that by exploiting vast new flows of information, a company can improve its performance. However, to do so there must be a corresponding change in the company’s decision-making culture. In business today, many companies are concerned about having not the new thing but the new, new thing. In the FCPA world we might call that evolving best practices as it is another way to phrase many of the emerging business techniques and strategies that can have application to the FCPA compliance practitioner.

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