The Influence of Unethical Peer Behavior on Observers' Unethical Behavior: A Social Cognitive Perspective [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 109 (2):117-131 (2012)

The relationship between unethical peer behavior and observers’ unethical behavior traditionally has been examined from a social learning perspective. We employ two additional theoretical lenses, social identity theory and social comparison theory, each of which offers additional insight into this relationship. Data from 600 undergraduate business students in two universities provide support for all the three perspectives, suggesting that unethical behavior is influenced by social learning, social identity, and social comparison processes. Implications for managers and future research are discussed.
Keywords Ethical decision making  Social learning theory  Social identity theory  Social comparison theory  Peer influence
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DOI 10.1007/s10551-011-1111-7
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