Effect of Competition on Unethical Behaviors

Vadera, A K and Srivastava, V and Aquino, K and Chandrashekarrao, P (2014) Effect of Competition on Unethical Behaviors. Academy of Management Journal.

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Abstract

Competition can lead individuals to cheat; yet our knowledge of why competition affects unethical behaviors and how to mitigate these effects is still limited. Results of Study 1 show that competition facilitates unethical behaviors and that impaired moral awareness mediates these effects. Study 2 illustrates that moral elevation mitigates the effects of competition on cheating. Finally, Study 3 shows that moral identity moderates the curvilinear effects of competition on unethical behaviors such that only when competition is fierce, those with more salient moral identity are less likely to be dishonest than those with less salient moral identity.

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Vadera, A KUNSPECIFIED
Srivastava, VUNSPECIFIED
Chandrashekarrao, PUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethical Behaviors, Unethical Behavior
Subjects: Business Analytics
Organization Behavior
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2014 18:13
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2015 17:15
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/310
Publisher URL: http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2014/1/13298.sh...
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