Journal article

Motivated to disengage: The ethical consequences of goal commitment and moral disengagement in goal setting

David T Welsh, Michael D Baer, Hudson Sessions, Niharika Garud

JOURNAL OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

A growing literature has suggested that high performance goals can have unintended consequences within organizations as employees engage in unethical behavior to achieve outcomes associated with goal attainment. Extending research on the dark side of goal setting, we suggest that high performance goals not only create a desire to achieve a particular outcome but also alter moral reasoning processes related to goal attainment. Integrating goal‐setting theory with motivated moral reasoning, we hypothesize an indirect effect of high performance goals on unethical behavior via state moral disengagement. We also examine goal commitment—which tends to amplify the relationship between high goals an..

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