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In the light of an increasing severity of antitrust enforcement it is of paramount importance to ensure employees’ adherence to competition laws. In many firms, codes of conduct and compliance training are part of intense and widespread efforts to address this issue. Still, violations of antitrust laws occur, making headlines, and causing substantial financial and reputational damages. This raises the questions how effective codes of conduct and compliance training are, and how they must be designed to prevent antitrust incidents best. This chapter answers these questions based on new data obtained from a factorial survey in a European multinational firm. Our results indicate that managers are sometimes unaware that some business situations may constitute a violation of antitrust laws. Codes of conduct along with supplementary compliance training improve this awareness. However, they should be complemented by further compliance measures.
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