Current Trends Of Unethical Behavior Within Organizations

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Octavia A. Askew
Jeffrey M. Beisler
Jetonga Keel


Ethics, Unethical Behaviors, Antecedents of Unethical Behavior, Behavioral Ethics


A substantial body of research reveals that unethical behavior continues to be a concern in the workplace. This article presents information on the prevalence of unethical behavior, antecedents of unethical behavior, the organizational environment, cognitive moral development, and trends of unethical behavior over a 3 year span. Findings of earlier studies generally agree that unethical behavior has a negative effect in the workplace. The greatest research effort on this issue has been to continue to conduct studies within organizations, identifying if the issue of unethical behavior is improving or stagnant.


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