Satisfying Individual Desires or Moral Standards? Preferential Treatment and Group Members’ Self-Worth, Affect, and Behavior

Thau, S and Tröster, C and Aquino, K and Pillutla, M and De Cremer, D (2013) Satisfying Individual Desires or Moral Standards? Preferential Treatment and Group Members’ Self-Worth, Affect, and Behavior. Journal of Business Ethics, 113 (1). pp. 133-145. ISSN 0167-4544

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Abstract

We investigate how social comparison processes in leader treatment quality impact group members’ self-worth, affect, and behavior. Evidences from the field and the laboratory suggest that employees who are treated kinder and more considerate than their fellow group members experience more self-worth and positive affect. Moreover, the greater positive self-implications of preferentially treated group members motivate them more strongly to comply with norms and to engage in tasks that benefit the group. These findings suggest that leaders face an ethical trade-off between satisfying the moral standard of treating everybody equally well and satisfying individual group members’ desire to be treated better than others.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Pillutla, M
https://orcid.org/ 0000-0001-5529-5094
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Additional Information: The research article was published by the author with the affiliation of London Business School
Uncontrolled Keywords: Individual Desires, Moral Standards, Self-Worth, Affect, Behavior
Subjects: Organization Behavior
Depositing User: Gurusrinivasan K
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2021 13:01
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2021 13:01
URI: https://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/1557
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-012-1287-5
Publisher OA policy: https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/14865
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