Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department of Psychology
Unethical pro-organizational behavior (UPB) refers to unethical actions that employees engage in to benefit the company they work for. The issue of employees engaging in UPB has been high-lighted in various high-profile scandals, such as the Volkswagen emissions scandal. The current study examined the interaction between employees’ personality traits, perceptions of bottom-line mentality (BLM), and UPB. The results suggested that when employees who are low on trait conscientiousness and honesty-humility are placed in an environment in which they perceive to have high levels of BLM, they are more likely to engage in UPB than those individuals who had higher levels of each of these respective traits. This study contributed to the literature in various ways, through identifying two strong trait predictors of UPB, as well as examining how these traits may interact with one’s perception of BLM at their organization, to enhance their propensity to engage in acts of UPB.
Thomas, Jordan, "The Moderating Effect of Employee Bottom-Line Mentality on the Relation between Personality and Unethical Pro-Organizational Behaviors" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 1107.