To Bribe or Not to Bribe? Determinants in the Indian Context
13 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2016
Date Written: December 2015
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
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