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See No Evil: When We Overlook Other People's Unethical Behavior


Francesca Gino


Harvard University - Harvard Business School

Don A. Moore


University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business

Max H. Bazerman


Harvard Business School - Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit

January 2, 2008

Harvard Business School NOM Working Paper No. 08-045

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It is common for people to be more critical of others' ethical choices than of their own. This chapter explores those remarkable circumstances in which people see no evil in others' unethical behavior. Specifically, we explore 1) the motivated tendency to overlook the unethical behavior of others when we recognize the unethical behavior would harm us, 2) the tendency to ignore unethical behavior unless it is clear, immediate, and direct, 3) the tendency to ignore unethical behavior when ethicality erodes slowly over time, and 4) the tendency to assess unethical behaviors only after the unethical behavior has resulted in a bad outcome, but not during the decision process.

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Date posted: January 3, 2008 ; Last revised: August 5, 2009

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Gino, Francesca and Moore, Don A. and Bazerman, Max H., See No Evil: When We Overlook Other People's Unethical Behavior (January 2, 2008). Harvard Business School NOM Working Paper No. 08-045. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1079969 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1079969

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Francesca Gino
Harvard University - Harvard Business School ( email )
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Boston, MA 02163
United States
Don A. Moore
University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business ( email )
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Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
Max H. Bazerman (Contact Author)
Harvard Business School - Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit ( email )
Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163
United States
617-495-6429 (Phone)
617-496-4191 (Fax)
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