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The Exposed Self: A Multilevel Model of Shame and Ethical Behavior

Authors: Steven A. Murphy, Sandra Kiffin-Petersen

Published in: Journal of Business Ethics | Issue 4/2017

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Abstract

In this article, we review the shame and ethical behavior literature in order to more fully develop theory and testable propositions for organizational scholars focusing on the behavioral implications of this ‘moral’ emotion. We propose a dual pathway multilevel model that incorporates complex relationships between felt and anticipatory shame processes and ethical behavior, both within and between persons and at the collective level. We propose a holistic treatment of shame that includes dispositional and organizational (contextual) influences on the cognitive and emotional forces that shape ethical behavior in organizations. The implications of our review of shame for ethical behavior, organizations, and concrete research action are discussed.

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Metadata
Title
The Exposed Self: A Multilevel Model of Shame and Ethical Behavior
Authors
Steven A. Murphy
Sandra Kiffin-Petersen
Publication date
03-05-2016
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Published in
Journal of Business Ethics / Issue 4/2017
Print ISSN: 0167-4544
Electronic ISSN: 1573-0697
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-016-3185-8

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