When Good People Do Wrong: Morality, Social Identity, and Ethical Behavior

Pillutla, M (2010) When Good People Do Wrong: Morality, Social Identity, and Ethical Behavior. In: Social Psychology and Organizations. 1 ed. Routledge, New York, USA. ISBN 9780203846957

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The main theoretical advance in recent research has been in understanding how people act unethically despite being fully aware that they are being unethical. This contrasts with models rooted in the developmental literature that make the implicit assumption that people behave unethically only when they are unaware they are doing so. It is important to acknowledge that none of the scholars from this tradition made this claim explicitly. Nevertheless, models whose central tenet is that the sophistication of individuals’ moral reasoning predicts their moral behavior (cf. Kohlberg, 1984; Kohlberg & Kramer, 1969) do suggest that moral behavior results from people being made aware of moral dilemmas.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: The research article was published by the author with the affiliation of London Business School
Subjects: Organizational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2021 15:58
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2023 05:37
URI: https://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/1561

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