This paper describes my professional journey focusing on human aspects of fraud and corporate governance. I describe the initial “light bulb” moments that highlighted the importance of people and the years of human-focused fraud and governance research and teaching since those events. I summarize key insights from a variety of human-focused research projects, and I develop research themes focused on skills, signals, relationships, fairness, and persuasion (with bad intent). I also provide avenues for future research within each theme. I encourage others to keep the importance of people at the forefront as we address fraud and governance issues. Over time, our systems, regulations, and organizations will change, but we will still have people at the center of our fraud and governance challenges.

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