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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (8) : 1502-1511     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.01502
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Good People Do Bad Things: Unethical Behavior from the Perspective of Bounded Ethicality
WANG Peng;WANG Zhongjun;LI Songkai
(Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior (CCNU), Ministry of Education; School of Psychology, Central China Normal University; Key Laboratory of Human Development and Mental Health of Hubei Province, Wuhan 430079, China)
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Abstract  Bounded ethicality refers to a kind of inherent limitation when individuals make ethical decision. It manifests the departure between the external behavior and internal moral value, and leads to unconscious moral bias. Combined with rational ethicality model, bounded ethicality is an alternative explanation of unethical behavior. From the perspective of bounded ethicality, unethical behavior includes implicit bias, in-group favoritism, over-claiming credit, conflicts of interest and discounting the future. And the theoretical explanation arises from self-service motive, two-selves, ethical fading and frame effect. Studies about ethical decision making and unethical behavior in the future need to be extended to bounded rationality.
Keywords unethical behavior      rational ethicality model      bounded ethicality      in-group favoritism      two-selves     
Corresponding Authors: WANG Zhongjun   
Issue Date: 15 August 2013
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WANG Peng,WANG Zhongjun,LI Songkai. Good People Do Bad Things: Unethical Behavior from the Perspective of Bounded Ethicality[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(8): 1502-1511.
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