Chapter | The Social Psychology of Good and Evil | 2016

Dishonesty Explained: What Leads Moral People To Act Immorally

by F. Gino and D. Ariely

Abstract

The last two decades have witnessed what seems to be an increasing number of cases of dishonesty, from corporate corruption and employee misconduct to questionable behaviors during the financial crisis and individual acts of unethical behavior in many spheres of society. When considered together, these actions have had large-scale impact on the economic landscape. In this paper, we discuss recent streams of research in social psychology and management that provide insights on when and why even people who care about morality end up crossing ethical boundaries.

Keywords: Behavior; Ethics; Organizations; Attitudes; Financial Crisis;

Citation:

Gino, F., and D. Ariely. "Dishonesty Explained: What Leads Moral People To Act Immorally." In The Social Psychology of Good and Evil. 2nd ed. Edited by Arthur G. Miller. New York: Guilford Press, 2016.