Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 61, Issue 4, pp 315–328 | Cite as

The Impact of Relative Position and Relational Closeness on the Reporting of Unethical Acts

  • Diane L. MillerEmail author
  • Stuart Thomas


Empowerment and teamwork are buzzwords of progressive human resource practices. Along with these new job design methods come reduced hierarchical control mechanisms. In light of recent ethical scandals, there is considerable concern regarding the effectiveness of the control systems of these more recent work designs. This study compared the willingness of participants to report unethical behavior when presented with work scenarios in which the perpetrator was in the relative position of team member, peer, or subordinate and in cohesive or non-cohesive conditions of relational closeness. After accounting for the covariates, both main effects and interaction effects were found, indicating that reporting behavior was influenced by relative position and relational closeness.


Economic Growth Interaction Effect Human Resource Relative Position Team Member 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ManagementUniversity of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada

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