Spiraling down into corruption: a dynamic analysis of the social identity processes that cause corruption in organizations to grow

NA den Nieuwenboer, Muel Kaptein

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To date, theory and research on corruption in organizations have primarily focused on its static antecedents. This article focuses on the spread and growth of corruption in organizations. For this purpose, three downward organizational spirals are formulated: the spiral of divergent norms, the spiral of pressure, and the spiral of opportunity. Social Identity Theory is used to explain the mechanisms of each of these spirals. Our dynamic perspective contributes to a greater understanding of the development of corruption in organizations and opens up promising avenues for future research.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)133-146
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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