This research project investigated how organised crime groups — within and beyond the UK — manage and exploit opportunities for criminal activities that are based upon the exploitation of advanced technology, IT in particular.
The rapid pace of technological change, coupled with the complex dynamics within the international system, provides new opportunities for complex and advanced criminal activity. These have fired the self-interest of organised and networked criminal communities.
Enforcement agencies worldwide grapple with the unique challenges posed by this rising trend in criminal activity. The overwhelming focus has been directed towards understanding and negating the technological impacts, rather than understanding the management of illegal innovation in contemporary organised crime groups and syndicates – this research from 2008-2009 strived to identify a more strategic approach.
The organised crime and illegal innovation project aimed to:
The organised crime and illegal innovation project drew on desk research and interviews.
We examined the scope and complexity of high technology, transnational organised criminal activities that affect UK citizens, analysing key areas of crime including identity thefts such as financial, high technology counterfeit.
We considered the:
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Professor Howard Rush, Professor of Innovation Management
Dr Erika Kraemer Mbula, Research Fellow
Dr Puay Tang, Senior Research Fellow
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