To Bribe or Not to Bribe? Determinants in the Indian Context

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Nagarajan Ramamoorthy

University of Houston - Victoria

Subodh Kulkarni

Howard University - School of Business

Amit Gupta

Management Consultant

Date Written: December 2015

Abstract

In the present study, using a sample of 113 MBA students from a premier management institute in India, we examined the influences on the propensity to bribe. As hypothesized, the results of the logistic regression model indicated that individuals' perception of distributive injustice in their organization resulted in an increased propensity to bribe. Contrary to our hypothesis, individuals' perception of procedural fairness increased the probability of propensity to bribe. Additionally, the hypothesis that the propensity to bribe would increase when the financial benefits accrue to the individual rather than the organization and its members received marginal support. The results also showed that the propensity to bribe increased when the bribe‐giver had greater concern for the employees of the organization; and the propensity to bribe decreased when the bribe‐giver exhibited greater concern for customers. Finally, we discuss the implications of our study for research and practice.

Keywords: bribe, organizational justice, distributive justice, procedural justice, equity theory, stakeholders, bribery

Suggested Citation

Ramamoorthy, Nagarajan and Kulkarni, Subodh and Gupta, Amit, To Bribe or Not to Bribe? Determinants in the Indian Context (December 2015). European Management Review, Vol. 12, Issue 4, pp. 247-259, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2716867 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emre.12053

Nagarajan Ramamoorthy (Contact Author)

University of Houston - Victoria

Subodh Kulkarni

Howard University - School of Business ( email )

Washington, DC 20059
United States

Amit Gupta

Management Consultant

New Delhi
India

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