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International White-Collar Crime: A Checkered Past Revealed

Dr. Christopher McKenna, an award-winning scholar and author from Oxford University’s Saïd School of Business, will present the keynote address, The First Enron: The Death of Ivar Kreuger and the Origins of White-Collar Crime, at the annual Duquesne University History Forum.

The keynote presentation reflects McKenna’s research in the international history of white collar crime, while providing a cautionary tale for business professionals. Kreuger, the focus of McKenna’s lecture, was a successful Swedish industrialist who, in the 1920s, became one of Europe’s leading financiers and masterminded a pyramid scheme that bilked $400 million from investors.

McKenna’s 2006 book, The World’s Newest Profession: Management Consulting in the Twentieth Century, won the Harvard University School of Business’s Newcomen-Harvard Book Award, one of the most prestigious awards for works of business history. The Financial Times listed it as one of its Best Books of 2006. He is currently working on the book Partners in Crime: A History of White Collar Crime.

The History Forum is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412.396.6470.

When: Tuesday, March 4, 5 p.m., reception, 6 p.m., McKenna presentation

Where: Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, Corner of Chatham Square and Forbes Ave.

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