What Do You Recommend? The Effects of Communication and Dark Personality on Misreporting in Autonomous Teams

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Anna Ressi

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Daniel Schaupp

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Victor van Pelt

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Date Written: December 6, 2021

Abstract

In autonomous teams, formal responsibility for tasks and decisions is shared among different team members, creating uncertainty about how much influence each team member effectively has. We use a modified participative budgeting game to examine how team members of autonomous teams deal with this uncertainty in the context of cost reporting decisions. Our results show that team misreporting becomes more pronounced the darker the team members’ personality and that communication within the team fulfills a crucial role. Communication assists wealth-maximizing team members with a darker personality in infecting honest team members with a less dark personality. We further show that this dishonesty shift among honest team members occurs be-cause they revise their perception of the social norm. These findings are consistent with predictions based on social norm theory and the literature on the Dark Triad. Our study grants insights into the collaborative decision-making processes of autonomous teams, and we discuss implications for research and practice.

Keywords: Misreporting, teams, communication, honesty, budgetary slack, Dark Triad

JEL Classification: C92, D91, M41, M51

Suggested Citation

Ressi, Anna and Schaupp, Daniel and van Pelt, Victor, What Do You Recommend? The Effects of Communication and Dark Personality on Misreporting in Autonomous Teams (December 6, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=

Anna Ressi

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

Burgplatz 2
Vallendar, 56179
Germany

Daniel Schaupp

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

Burgplatz 2
Vallendar, 56179
Germany

Victor Van Pelt (Contact Author)

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

Burgplatz 2
Vallendar, 56179
Germany

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