The slippery slope: how small ethical transgressions pave the way for larger future transgressions.

  title={The slippery slope: how small ethical transgressions pave the way for larger future transgressions.},
  author={David T. Welsh and Lisa D. Ord{\'o}{\~n}ez and D. G. Snyder and Michael Christian},
  journal={The Journal of applied psychology},
  volume={100 1},
Many recent corporate scandals have been described as resulting from a slippery slope in which a series of small infractions gradually increased over time (e.g., McLean & Elkind, 2003). However, behavioral ethics research has rarely considered how unethical behavior unfolds over time. In this study, we draw on theories of self-regulation to examine whether individuals engage in a slippery slope of increasingly unethical behavior. First, we extend Bandura's (1991, 1999) social-cognitive theory… Expand

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