Morality Rebooted: Exploring Simple Fixes to Our Moral Bugs
Harvard Business School
Harvard University - Harvard Business School
Max H. Bazerman
Harvard Business School - Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit
April 21, 2014
Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper No. 14-105
Ethics research developed partly in response to calls from organizations to understand and solve unethical behavior. Departing from prior work that has mainly focused on examining the antecedents and consequences of dishonesty, we examine two approaches to mitigating unethical behavior: (1) values-oriented approaches that broadly appeal to individuals’ preferences to be more moral, and (2) structure-oriented approaches that redesign specific incentives, tasks, and decisions to reduce temptations to cheat in the environment. This paper explores how these approaches can change behavior. We argue that integrating both approaches while avoiding incompatible strategies can reduce the risk of adverse effects that arise from taking a single approach.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 55
Keywords: corruption, dishonesty, unethical behavior, interventions, structure, values
Date posted: April 23, 2014
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