The Robin Hoods of the State: An Investigation into the distinctive leadership dynamics of Transnational Criminal Organisations

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Social Science


Transnational criminal organisations (TCOs) especially in the form of “drug cartels” have evolved into intricate global bodies with the ability to challenge the borders of states through their drug trafficking activities. While academic literature focuses on the challenges TCOs pose to international borders the leadership dynamics at the very root of these organisations are rarely acknowledged. This study aims to contribute to this academic gap by researching how the existence of transnational criminal organisations produces distinctive leadership dynamics. This dissertation uses a process based leadership framework in order to analyse the interaction between leaders, followers and context in relation to two case studies; Christopher “Dudus” Coke and Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman.
Date of Award2016
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • King's College London
SupervisorFunmi Olonisakin (Supervisor) & Abiodun Alao (Supervisor)

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