Repeated Engagement in Misconduct by Executives Involved With Financial Restatements
Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Forthcoming
Posted: 31 Jul 2020
Date Written: July 2, 2020
Recidivism, or repeated engagement in misconduct despite severe consequences, among top executives has received limited attention in the literature on organizational misconduct. Based on insights from fairness theory, supplemented by insights from attribution theory, we argue that the likelihood of an executive recidivating is associated with the perceived fairness of the sanctions he/she faces following the initial misconduct. We examine an effect of a common managerial labor market sanction – lower compensation – on the likelihood of recidivism. Using a sample of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) who left their positions following financial misconduct at their firms and subsequently migrated to another public firm in the same capacity, we test and find support for our prediction. A number of robustness and endogeneity tests add support to our recidivism model.
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