Investigating the Effects of Anger and Guilt on Unethical Behavior

A Dual-Process Approach

Daphna Motro, Lisa D Ordonez, Andrea Pittarello, David T. Welsh

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Abstract

Although emotion has become one of the most popular research areas within organizational scholarship, few studies have considered its connection with unethical behavior. Using dual-process theory, we expand on the rationalist perspective within the field of behavioral ethics by considering the process through which two discrete emotions, anger and guilt, influence unethical behavior. Across two studies using different methodologies, we found that anger increases unethical behavior whereas guilt reduces unethical behavior. These effects were mediated by impulsive and deliberative processing. Overall, our results shed light on distinct mechanisms through which emotions can influence unethical behavior. Both theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
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StateAccepted/In press - Sep 28 2016

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Keywords

  • Anger
  • Behavioral ethics
  • Dual processing
  • Emotions
  • Guilt
  • Unethical behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law

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Investigating the Effects of Anger and Guilt on Unethical Behavior : A Dual-Process Approach. / Motro, Daphna; Ordonez, Lisa D; Pittarello, Andrea; Welsh, David T.

In: Journal of Business Ethics, 28.09.2016, p. 1-16.

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