Collective corruption - how to live with it: towards a projection theory of post-crisis corruption perpetuation

Kominis, G. and Dudau, A. (2018) Collective corruption - how to live with it: towards a projection theory of post-crisis corruption perpetuation. European Management Journal, 36(2), pp. 235-242. (doi:10.1016/j.emj.2017.12.001)

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Abstract

This article draws on social psychology to explore the unconscious cognitive processes allowing for perpetuation of collective corruption in organisations in the aftermath of crises. In particular, we argue that, when faced with the cognitive dissonance produced by exposed collective corruption, and having to choose between changing behaviour or changing cognition, projection theory provides support for the latter. Thus, we identify the role of projection theory in overcoming cognitive dissonance in groups by projecting blame on to their leaders while continuing practices of corruption. These insights contribute to our understanding of perpetuation of collective corruption in organisations as well as at a societal level.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dudau, Dr Adina and Kominis, Dr Georgios
Authors: Kominis, G., and Dudau, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:European Management Journal
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0263-2373
ISSN (Online):1873-5681
Published Online:14 December 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in European Management Journal 36(2): 235-242
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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