Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: The effects of investigative sanctioning systems on wrongdoing, reporting, and helping : a multiparty perspective
Authors: Chui, Celia
Grieder, Manuel
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2019.1340
Published in: Organization Science
Volume(Issue): 31
Issue: 5
Pages: 1090
Pages to: 1114
Issue Date: 6-Apr-2020
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
ISSN: 1047-7039
Language: English
Subjects: Behavioral ethics; False accusation; Internal reporting; Moral judgment
Subject (DDC): 658.402: Internal organization
Abstract: Over the past two decades, organizations have established sanctioning systems as an important component of their ethical infrastructures to detect and punish wrongdoing. However, empirical knowledge about the overall effectiveness of such systems remains limited. Existing studies have mostly adopted a single-party perspective even though many wrongdoing situations involve dynamic multiparty interactions between actors, recipients, and observers of wrongdoing. Moreover, most existing research has emphasized an economic perspective—that sanctioning systems only affect behavior because of economic considerations while crowding out ethical ones. In this research, we develop a moral and normative perspective of sanctioning systems. Using a novel experimental game design, our study focuses on the investigative dimension of sanctioning systems to examine their psychological and behavioral effects in actor–recipient–observer wrongdoing interactions. Findings reveal that investigative sanctioning systems influence wrongdoing, reporting, and helping behaviors as well as alter ethical and normative considerations, such that as systems become stronger, wrongdoing behaviors are judged as more unethical and perceived as less typical than when weaker systems are in place. These moral judgments and norm perceptions mediate the effect of investigative sanctioning system strength on wrongdoing behavior. Our research extends previous empirical and theoretical work on sanctioning systems by applying a more holistic perspective and by demonstrating that highly effective systems can serve as important behavioral guides because they activate and alter moral and normative considerations about wrongdoing.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)
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