Understanding the Ethical Cost of Organizational Goal-Setting: A Review and Theory Development

@article{Barsky2008UnderstandingTE,
  title={Understanding the Ethical Cost of Organizational Goal-Setting: A Review and Theory Development},
  author={Adam P. Barsky},
  journal={Journal of Business Ethics},
  year={2008},
  volume={81},
  pages={63-81}
}
  • Adam P. Barsky
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Goal-setting has become a popular and effective motivational tool, utilized by practitioners and substantiated with decades of empirical research. However, the potential for goal-setting to enhance performance may come at the cost of ethical behavior. I propose a theoretical model linking attributes of goals and goal-setting practices to unethical behavior through two psychological mechanisms – ethical recognition and moral disengagement; and addressing the moderating role of individual… CONTINUE READING
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