Sexual Harassment in Academia: Ethical Climates and Bounded Ethicality

Posted: 18 Jan 2019

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Ann E. Tenbrunsel

University of Notre Dame

McKenzie Rees

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Management and Organizations Department

Kristina A. Diekmann

University of Utah - Department of Management

Date Written: January 2019

Abstract

This article reviews research on sexual harassment, particularly that pertaining to academia, to understand its underlying causes. Arguing that sexual harassment is an ethical issue, we draw on the field of behavioral ethics to structure our review. We first review ethical climate antecedents at the individual, leader, organizational, and environmental levels and examine their effects on both the occurrence of and responses to sexually harassing behaviors. This discussion is followed by an exploration of research that speaks to the cognitive processes of bounded ethicality—including ethical fading, motivated blindness, and the slippery slope—and their role in facilitating and perpetuating sexual harassment. We conclude by highlighting the value to be gained from integrating research on sexual harassment with research on behavioral ethics and identifying several practical steps that can be taken to curb sexual harassment in academia.

Suggested Citation

Tenbrunsel, Ann E. and Rees, McKenzie and Diekmann, Kristina A., Sexual Harassment in Academia: Ethical Climates and Bounded Ethicality (January 2019). Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 70, pp. 245-270, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3318198 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-psych-010418-102945

Ann E. Tenbrunsel (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame ( email )

361 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

McKenzie Rees

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Management and Organizations Department

United States

Kristina A. Diekmann

University of Utah - Department of Management ( email )

1645 E Campus Center Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States
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