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Journal articles (2022), Plos One, 17 (1), pp. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0262201

Does moral commitment predict resistance to corruption? Experimental evidence from a bribery game

TANNER Carmen, LINDER Stefan , SOHN Matthias

Corruption is ubiquitous in practice and has severe negative consequences for organizations and societies at large. Drawing on a laboratory experiment, we propose that individuals high in moral commitment are less likely to engage in corrupt behaviors and prefer foregoing financial benefits. Specifically, we posit that individuals refrain from corruption (i) the more they endorse integrity (incorruptibility) as a protected value and (ii) the higher their level of Honesty-Humility. The results of a two-step experiment largely support our expectations: people who treat compromises to integrity as unacceptable were less willing to accept bribes, and Honesty-Humility decreased bribe-giving. The findings are robust to demographic variables (e.g., age, gender, cultural background) and additional personal characteristics (e.g., risk tolerance, dispositional greed) and have important implications for ongoing theory-building efforts and business practice. Link to the article

TANNER, C., LINDER, S. and SOHN, M. (2022). Does moral commitment predict resistance to corruption? Experimental evidence from a bribery game. Plos One, 17(1), pp. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0262201.