Title

Effect of Competition on Unethical Behaviors

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

1-2014

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.

Discipline

Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Academy of Management Proceedings

Identifier

10.5465/AMBPP.2014.13298abstract

Publisher

Academy of Management

City or Country

Briarcliff Manor, NY

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2014.13298abstract

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