When Lab Fellow Maryam Kouchaki, Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino and I came together in 2012 to collaborate, we wanted to understand the processes of making and keeping business commitments as an essential element of institutional integrity. In particular, we wanted to study the dynamics of “commitment drift,” (perceived systematic breakdowns in fulfilling a company’s most important commitments to its stakeholders). Read more about Integrity is Free
By arranging the types of relational corruption most frequently found in Latin American countries from a rational agent perspective, it is possible to identify the corrupt practices that cause considerable damage to institutions as well as to society.
According to petwave.com, “Dogs infested with sarcoptic mites will present to the veterinarian with a history of the sudden onset of intense itchiness, and probably also with red, raw skin sores and thick crusted areas caused by self-trauma from the dog’s effort to alleviate the itchiness.”
Social Network Analysis can be used to understand a wide variety of systems such as research, biological or technological networks. In particular, it is a great tool to observe and analyze conflicts of interest and assess the risks that arise in the evolving relationships between individuals or institutions. By using these tools, one could not only analyze patterns but also understand observed behaviors in networks of individuals.
As one who entered the ranks of investigative reporting in the immediate aftermath of Watergate, I took it as an article of faith that disclosure possessed a remarkable curative power. "Sunlight," as Louis Brandeis said, "is the best disinfectant."
Lab Fellow Maryam Kouchaki, along with co-authors Kristin Smith-Crowe, Associate Professor, and Arthur P. Brief, Presidential Professor and Chair in Business Ethics, both at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business; and Carlos Sousa, a former University of Utah graduate student, have published a study in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes showing how mere exposure to money – even simply using money-related words – will trigger unethical behavior.