Three Groups of Traps That Contribute to Unethical Behavior by Managers

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Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands
Hoyk en Hersey (2010) argue that ethical behavior of people – specifically focusing on management level employees - is influenced by three risk factors. These risk factors are called “traps”, which ensnare individuals onto a path of behaving in an unethical way. The traps can be categorized into three major groups of traps: 1. Primary Traps: The traps in this category are mostly external pressures that seduce individuals to abandon ethical principles. In this way, individuals are orientated onto a path of unethical behavior. 2. Defensive Traps: This category includes the reactive pressures such as guilt or embarrassment, that force individuals to behave unethically. 3. Personality Traps: Internal stimuli that increase the probability to behave in an unethical way. The traps in this category blind individuals to the negative consequences their unethical behavior has; in this way the likelihood of behaving unethically increases. Hoyk and Hersey think that making a l (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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