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Self-Construal and Unethical Behavior

Cojuharenco, Irina, Shteynberg, Garriy, Gelfand, Michele and Schminke, Marshall (2011) Self-Construal and Unethical Behavior Journal of Business Ethics, 109 (4). pp. 447-461.

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We suggest that understanding unethical behavior in organizations involves understanding how people view themselves and their relationships with others, a concept known as self-construal. Across multiple studies, employing both field and laboratory settings, we examine the impact of three dimensions of self-construal (independent, relational, and collective) on unethical behavior. Our results show that higher levels of relational self-construal relate negatively to unethical behavior. We also find that differences in levels of relational self for men and women mediate gender differences in unethical behavior. We discuss both the theoretical and practical implications of these findings.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Shteynberg, Garriy
Gelfand, Michele
Schminke, Marshall
Date : 22 December 2011
DOI : 10.1007/s10551-011-1139-8
Uncontrolled Keywords : Unethical behaviour; Self-construal; Relational self
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 24 Aug 2017 10:33
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 18:55

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