Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 15, Issue 10, pp 1065–1069 | Cite as

Ethics, success, and job satisfaction: A test of dissonance theory in India

  • Chockalingam Viswesvaran
  • Satish P. Deshpande


A survey of middle level managers in India (n=150) showed that when respondents perceived that successful managers in their organization behaved unethically their levels of job satisfaction were reduced. Reduction in satisfaction with the facet of supervision was the most pronounced (than with pay or promotion or co-worker or work). Results are interpreted within the framework of cognitive dissonance theory. Implications for ethics training programs (behavioral and cognitive) as well as international management are discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chockalingam Viswesvaran
    • 1
  • Satish P. Deshpande
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFlorida International UniversityMiamiU.S.A.

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