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Compliance by wandering around

Joseph Agins, CCEP, CFE ( is the Institutional Compliance Officer for Sam Houston State University in Houston, Texas, USA.

I will admit the term “wandering around” may not relate to what most of us agree to be productive workplace habits. Even Webster’s primary definition for “wander” is to move about without a fixed course, aim, or goal. So, I get it. I understand the inherent need for the compliance-minded business professional to scoff at the thought of aimless wandering. However, what if wandering around is exactly what your compliance program needs to bring it to the next level?

For those familiar with the management philosophy of management by wandering around (MBWA), you may guess where this article is going. For those unfamiliar with this concept, and as a refresher for the others, let us first recall the core concepts of this popular method.

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