A Test of Time: A temporal and dynamic approach to power and ethics


Laura M. Giurge
Laura M. Giurge
  • Speaker
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University Rotterdam

Event Information

Type
PhD Defence
Programme
Business-Society Management
Date
Fri. 24 Mar. 2017
Contact
Kim Harte
Time
09:30-11:00
Location
Senate Hall, Erasmus Building, Woudestein Campus


Abstract

Both behavior and cognitive processes are ongoing, dynamic, and temporal. They vary not only between individuals as a function of differences in personality and stable contextual characteristics, but also within. That is, the same person might engage in unethical behavior one day but not the next day. Apart from a few exceptions, research in organizational science has either ignored or treated within-individual fluctuations in behavior as measurement error. Yet, in order to gain a deeper understanding of why individuals behave the way they do we ought to zoom-in on their daily experiences and behaviors and tackle the issue of when and for how long things happen. The first part of this dissertation aims to achieve precisely this by zooming-in on two crucial organizational behaviors that are bound to vary from one day to another: decision-making and unethical behavior. The other part zooms-in even further on an underlying cognitive process that drives unethical behavior, moral reasoning, and aims to show that even this stable developmental cognitive process is susceptible to momentary influences. Taken together, the work presented in this dissertation contributes to various streams of research from power to moral psychology. It illustrates the importance of addressing the dynamic and temporal variations in behavior as well as in the underlying cognitive processes that drive behavior.

David De Cremer
David De Cremer
Professor of Behavioral Business Ethics
  • Promotor
Marius van Dijke
Endowed Professor in Behavioral Ethics
  • Promotor
Michelle Zheng
Michelle Zheng
  • Co-promotor
Steffen Giessner
Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Change
  • Member Doctoral Committee
Ana Guinote
Ana Guinote
  • Member Doctoral Committee
Jennifer Jordan
Jennifer Jordan
  • Member Doctoral Committee
Daan Stam
Associate Professor of Innovation Management
  • Member Doctoral Committee
Joep Cornelissen
Professor of Corporate Communication and Management
  • Member Supervisory Team
Michelle Zheng
Michelle Zheng
  • Member Supervisory Team
Kim Harte
Kim Harte
  • Coordinator