About the Author

Richard C. Hollinger, PhD

Dr. Hollinger recently retired as professor emeritus of the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He was director of the Security Research Project, which annually conducts the National Retail Security Survey. He will continue as contributor, editor, and co-principal investigator. Dr. Hollinger can be reached at rhollin (at) ufl (dot) edu. Dr. Hollinger received both his baccalaureate and masters degrees at the University of Georgia. He then completed his graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, where he received a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1979.

Throughout his career, Dr. Hollinger's research has been principally focused on the topic of "white-collar crime”—more specifically, deviant and criminal behavior committed in the course of one's occupation. In addition to numerous articles published in scholarly and professional journals, Dr. Hollinger is the author of three books, Theft by Employees (with John P. Clark) (Lexington Books, 1983), Dishonesty in the Workplace: A Manager's Guide to Preventing Employee Theft (London House Press, 1989), and Crime, Deviance and the Computer, published by Dartmouth Press in 1997.

Dr. Hollinger currently serves on the editorial advisory board of the Security Journal and is a regular columnist for LP Magazine. He sits on the Loss Prevention Advisory Committee of the National Retail Federation. In June 2007, he was elected into the prestigious “Ring of Excellence” by the National Retail Federation in recognition for his contribution of research on loss prevention and retail crime over his academic career. In addition, he is a member of various academic professional associations, such as the American Sociological Association, the American Society of Criminology, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Dr. Hollinger has presented his research nationally and internationally to numerous, corporations, professional groups and associations, such as the American Society of Industrial Security, National Retail Federation, RILA, International Association of Hospital Security, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Institute of Internal Auditors, Urban Land Institute, Home Center Institute, Retail Council of Canada, National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, PROVAR (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil), ANTAD (Mexican retail association) and both the Colombian and Australian Retail Association.

Employee Theft
Inventory Shrinkage
Loss Prevention
Retail Fraud
Retail Industry
Retail Security
Shoplifting and Organized Crime

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Employee Theft

Articles by Richard C. Hollinger, PhD

Research Findings from Employee Theft Articles

Employee Theft

Research Findings from Employee Theft Articles

For more than 30 years, I have been researching employee theft, occupational crime, employee dishonesty, and workplace deviance. I peruse scholarly journals and academic publications regularly for research studies that could help us all better understand this phenomenon.

This post features a couple of relevant employee theft articles that may shed

Analyzing Workplace Theft Behaviors

Employee Theft

Analyzing Workplace Theft Behaviors

“Workplace Theft: An Analysis of Student-Employee Offenders and Job Attributes” is an article authored by Elizabeth Ehrhardt Mustaine (University of Central Florida) and Richard Tewksbury (University of Louisville) and published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice 27:1 (pages 111 – 127, 2002). This employee theft study surveyed a large

Academic Viewpoint

2015 NRSS Executive Summary

For over twenty years the industry has recognized and used the National Retail Security Survey (NRSS) as a key benchmark for retail loss prevention. This retail security research project studies numerous elements of workplace-related criminality, along with identifying successful security counter-measures to protect people, assets, and brands in the retail