Oliver Sheldon: Why good people behave unethically

Monday, August 10, 2015

Professor Oliver Sheldon discusses his research on factors that shape pro-social behavior within teams and organizations. In this video, Professor Sheldon examines the factors that lead to unethical behavior, and tactics to counteract them. His work seeks to better understand motivational and relational triggers of interpersonal competition and conflict within small groups, with the aim of shedding light on how organizations might improve coordination and collaboration among employees.  Sheldon is an assistant professor of management and global business at Rutgers Business School, where he teaches courses on negotiation and organizational behavior.

  • Why do people behave unethically? 00:04
  • How does anticipation and resistance factor into ethical temptation in the workplace? 00:52
  • What are some ways to combat ethical temptations? 01:41


Read an abstract of his research: "Anticipating and Resisting the Temptation to Behave Unethically."

Learn more about Professor Sheldon.

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