Spiraling Down into Corruption: A Dynamic Analysis of the Social Identity Processes that Cause Corruption in Organizations to Grow

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Niki Den Nieuwenboer

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Muel Kaptein

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Date Written: July 2007, 12

Abstract

To date, theory and research on corruption in organizations have primarily focused on its static antecedents. This paper focuses on the spread and growth of corruption in organizations. For this purpose three downward organizational spirals are formulated: the spiral of divergent norms, the spiral of pressure, and the spiral of opportunity. Social Identity Theory is used to explain the mechanisms of each of these spirals. Our dynamic perspective contributes to a greater understanding of the development of corruption in organizations and opens up promising avenues for future research.

Keywords: corruption, dynamics, organizational factors, social identity theory

JEL Classification: F23, M14, M, D78

Suggested Citation

Den Nieuwenboer, Niki and Kaptein, Muel, Spiraling Down into Corruption: A Dynamic Analysis of the Social Identity Processes that Cause Corruption in Organizations to Grow (July 2007, 12). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2007-086-ORG, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1088211

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