Motivated to disengage: The ethical consequences of goal commitment and moral disengagement in goal setting

@article{Welsh2020MotivatedTD,
  title={Motivated to disengage: The ethical consequences of goal commitment and moral disengagement in goal setting},
  author={David T. Welsh and Michael D. Baer and Hudson Sessions and Niharika Garud},
  journal={Journal of Organizational Behavior},
  year={2020}
}
A growing literature has suggested that high performance goals can have unintended consequences within organizations as employees engage in unethical behavior to achieve outcomes associated with goal attainment. Extending research on the dark side of goal setting, we suggest that high performance goals not only create a desire to achieve a particular outcome but also alter moral reasoning processes related to goal attainment. Integrating goal-setting theory (Locke & Latham, 1990) with motivated… 
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