A Four-Country Study of the Associations Between Bribery and Unethical Actions

Journal of Business Ethics 84 (3):389-403 (2009)

Abstract
The purpose of this research is to extend prior research testing the premise that small deviations from ethical behavior lead to even larger deviations from ethical behavior. This study examines the association between a person’s willingness to bribe a police officer to avoid being issued a speeding ticket with their views on inappropriate behavior of corporate executives. Our sample of 528 participants comes from Colombia (90), Ecuador (70), South Africa (131) and the United States (237). As part of our data gathering, we controlled for social desirability response bias in the responses of the students who participated in our study. Our data indicate significant differences between the views of the students from Colombia, Ecuador, and South Africa when compared to the views of the students from the United States. The analysis indicates that, for all four dilemmas, the most significant variable was the belief about how ethical it was to pay a bribe to avoid a traffic ticket. In addition, in three of our four dilemmas, Paulhus’ Impression Management Subscale, which measures social desirability response bias, was the second most significant variable. Finally, in three of the four dilemmas, the students from Colombia, Ecuador and South Africa thought the actions described in the dilemmas were less ethical than the students from the United States.
Keywords Philosophy   Quality of Life Research   Management/Business for Professionals   Economic Growth   Ethics
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10551-008-9715-2
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 46,461
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

View all 24 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

View all 10 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Gender Differences in Double Standards.Iris Vermeir & Patrick Van Kenhove - 2008 - Journal of Business Ethics 81 (2):281 - 295.
Editorial Introduction: Towards a More Humanistic Management.Domènec Melé - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (S3):413 - 416.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
34 ( #269,297 of 2,286,402 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #249,152 of 2,286,402 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes

Sign in to use this feature