Self-construal and unethical behavior

Irina Cojuharenco*, Garriy Shteynberg, Michele Gelfand, Marshall Schminke

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We suggest that understanding unethical behavior in organizations involves understanding how people view themselves and their relationships with others, a concept known as self-construal. Across multiple studies, employing both field and laboratory settings, we examine the impact of three dimensions of self-construal (independent, relational, and collective) on unethical behavior. Our results show that higher levels of relational self-construal relate negatively to unethical behavior. We also find that differences in levels of relational self for men and women mediate gender differences in unethical behavior. We discuss both the theoretical and practical implications of these findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-461
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Relational self
  • Self-construal
  • Unethical behavior


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