The 2017 Collegiate Ethics Case Competition and The Center for Leadership Ethics is proud to present Dr. David Welsh!
BIO: The Southwest is familiar territory to David Welsh, who earned degrees at the University of Southern Utah, the University of Utah, and the University of Arizona. He comes to the W. P. Carey School of Business after teaching business ethics, leadership, and organizational behavior at the University of Washington, where he was recognized for his excellence in the classroom.
Welsh's research focuses primarily on issues related to unethical behavior in the workplace and has been published in scholarly journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. His research has also been featured in mainstream media outlets, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune, The Huffington Post, BBC News, and Psychology Today.
TALK TITLE: Whatever it Takes: The Role of Moral Decoupling in the Causes and Consequences of Unethical Pro-Organizational Behavior
ABSTRACT: In this paper we explore the antecedents and consequences of employees' unethical pro-organizational behavior (UPB) through the lens of moral decoupling - a moral reasoning process whereby individuals separate their perceptions of morality from their perceptions of performance. First, we argue that employees increase their engagement in UPBs when they (1) see their supervisors doing the same and (2) believe that their supervisors endorse moral decoupling. In turn, we argue that employees' UPBs are only positively related to supervisors' evaluations of their performance when supervisors themselves report that they morally decouple. We test these hypotheses in a sample of supervisor-employee dyads, highlighting the complex link between ethics and perceptions of performance in organizations.