How do people justify doing unethical things at work?

When I was visiting the University of Melbourne on sabbatical, I asked Adam Barsky, how people justify doing something unethical at work. His answer (based on his research): Read more about it in his recent paper: Barsky A. (2011) “Investigating the Effects of Moral Disengagement and Participation on Unethical Work

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Association for Consumer Research Conference

Quick post. I am headed to Chicago for the Association for Consumer Research (ACR) Conference. The mission of the Association for Consumer Research is to advance consumer research and facilitate the exchange of scholarly information among members of academia, industry, and government worldwide. Basically, a bunch of nerds get together

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Sabbatical report: Part 1

Before I started my sabbatical (which has ended), I made a list of the things that I hoped to accomplish. Did I succeed or fail? 1. Finish working the Humor Code, which is due to publisher on December 31, 2012.  Success. The book available for pre-order on Amazon and elsewhere.

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Which is the most sinful country?

Simon Laham, lecturer at the University of Melbourne and author of the Science of Sin, answers the question: Which is the most sinful country? Simon’s project is really fun, but it has challenges. If you want to measure the frequency of sins, then you need to find a proxy for

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Twitter in and out of my classroom

Twitter recently surpassed 200 million users, and it is about to get a few more. I am asking my consumer behavior students to use it as part of their course “engagement.” From my syllabus: You will be evaluated based on the quality and quantity of your participation in class and

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Why change is hard

I am giving a talk, Change through Comedy (#comedy4change) at SXSW V2V. A few thoughts in advance of the talk: There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new

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Three interesting things that I have noticed on Twitter

I like Twitter. I use it (And I will be using it for my consumer behavior course this fall. More on that later). On occasion, I notice something that re-reinforces my belief that Twitter is becoming an increasingly important. Here are three interesting (political) things that I have recently noticed

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Are people who buy green products selfish?

Bram Van den Bergh, assistant professor at Erasmus University, answers the question: Prius drivers, what do you think? Are you signaling that you care? Are you signaling that you are paid? (Note: electric cars are not actually cheaper at this point). Read more about the paper HERE. Griskevicius, V., Tybur,

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Podcast - I'm Not Joking

Curtain Call

  Welcome to the final episode of I’M NOT JOKING. Comedian JD Lopez returns from Episode 1 to debrief and reflect on Peter’s experience building

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