unethical_behavior_in_organizations_inclass_experiment_-_employee_versus_manager

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Unethical behavior in organizations inclass experiment - Employee versus Manager

From “A Group Exercise to Explore Employee Ethics in Business-Related Psychology Courses” (Carkenord, Teaching of Psychology, 1996)

Essentially, two groups, one asked as the president of a company, the other as an employee. Need to rate unethical behaviors.

Questions addressed:

  1. In unethicality universal for all?
  2. Differences in morality perception between managers and employees

It would be O.K. for an employee to

  1. Take homc a fcw office supplies (paperclips, pencils, etc.).
  2. Call In sick when personal time is needed.
  3. Use the company phone for personal long-distance calls.
  4. Make a personal copy on the copy machine.
  5. Use a company car to make a personal trip.

On a business trip, it would be O.K. for an employee to…

  1. Eat at the very best restaurant at the company's expense.
  2. Charge wine and cocktails as well as food on the company account.
  3. Take a spouse along at company expense.
  4. Stay in the most expensive hotel at the company's expense.
  5. Charge a $5 cab ride to the company when you actually walked.

Ratings ranged from 1 (strongly agree that behavior is acceptable) to 7 (strongly disagree that behavior is accephble).

Emp = employee perspective; Pres = president perspective.

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