ABSTRACT

How Groups Encourage Misbehavior explores the psychological and social processes by which groups develop a tolerance for and even encourage misbehavior. Drawing from decades of research on social, cognitive and organizational psychology, as well as a deep well of historical research, this book shows how commitment to groups, organizations and movements can turn moral individuals into amoral agents.

Pulling together what have been traditionally distinct areas of study, How Groups Encourage Misbehavior provides a detailed and unified account of how good organizations go bad and how groups of all types can push otherwise honest and upright individuals to behave in ways that violate laws and social norms. This text describes how social norms, rationalization, the characteristics of formal and informal groups, attachment to groups and organizations, and the structure of organizational life can all contribute to misbehavior. Each chapter includes one or more sidebar discussions of relevant and interesting examples to illustrate the ways groups and organizations encourage and support misbehavior. The final two chapters discuss how many of these same attributes and processes can be used to encourage positive behaviors and foster recovery from dysfunctional and corrupt cultures and modes of behavior.

A valuable text for a broad range of psychology courses, How Groups Encourage Misbehavior will especially appeal to practitioners, scholars, and students interested in ethics in organizations and the intersection between social psychology and organizational behavior.

part Part I|170 pages

The Psychology of Misbehavior

chapter 5|24 pages

Informal Groups

chapter 6|23 pages

Formal Groups, Parties, and Associations

chapter 7|24 pages

Relationships Between Individuals and Groups

Attachment, Identity, and Commitment

part Part II|149 pages

The Workplace as a Focal Point for Understanding Misbehavior

chapter 8|30 pages

Misbehavior in Organizations

chapter 10|33 pages

How Organizations Go Wrong

Bad Apples or Bad Barrels?

chapter 11|31 pages

Sick Organizations

chapter 12|22 pages

The Corruption of Organizations

part Part III|53 pages

Positive Behavior in Organizations

chapter 13|26 pages

Prosocial Behavior in Organizations

chapter 14|23 pages

Building Better Organizations

chapter |2 pages

Epilogue