The Impact of Situational Influences on Corruption in Organizations

Journal of Business Ethics 100 (1):85 - 101 (2011)
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Abstract

The literature states that both situational and individual factors contribute to corrupt behavior. This study investigates the influence of rarely empirically investigated situational factors - the size of the bribe, time pressure, and the degree of abstractness of the business code - on the Model of Corrupt Action that describes the subjective decision making process of corrupt actors. To test the effects, I used an experimental simulation design. Only few effects were found. Thus, my results show a certain robustness of corrupt behavior against the examined situational influences. Based on these results, I discuss implications for the prevention of corruption in organizations

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