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Chapter 12 A re-examination of the attribution–emotion–behavior framework in the context of unethical behavior

Emotions, Ethics and Decision-Making

ISBN: 978-1-84663-940-1, eISBN: 978-1-84663-941-8

ISSN: 1746-9791

Publication date: 25 July 2008

Abstract

Building on a recent study of Weiner's (1985a) attribution–emotion–behavior model, we examine the extent to which negative affective states mediate the relationship between attributions for undesirable outcomes and the ability to justify ethically questionable behaviors. Results of a scenario-based study indicated that causal attributions were associated with affective states and behavioral justification in the general manner predicted. Affective states were not associated with behavior justification, however, indicating that only a direct association between attributions and justification existed. Implications for future research on attributions and emotions are discussed.

Citation

Harvey, P., Martinko, M.J. and Borkowski, N. (2008), "Chapter 12 A re-examination of the attribution–emotion–behavior framework in the context of unethical behavior", Zerbe, W.J., Härtel, C.E.J. and Ashkanasy, N.M. (Ed.) Emotions, Ethics and Decision-Making (Research on Emotion in Organizations, Vol. 4), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 259-283. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1746-9791(08)04012-1

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