Aleksander Eller and doctoral student
Research Contact

Aleksander Ellis
Stephen P. Robbins Chair in Organizational Behavior
Research Director, Center for Leadership Ethics

520.621.7461 office
520.621.4171 fax
McClelland Hall 405KK

The Center for Leadership Ethics is committed to fostering research that advances our understanding of ethical issues at multiple levels within or between organizations.

A core function of the Center is to develop and disseminate practical and important ethics research through the application of social scientific research methods, emphasizing quantitative data analysis and experimental design. Our goal is to establish the Eller College as a leader in ethics research among our peer institutions and within the community, primarily through publication in top-tier journal outlets.

Learn more by following a link below, or scroll down for all Center for Leadership Ethics research information:


Small Grant Funding for Ethics Research

To reach our goal of establishing Eller as a leader in ethics research, the Center offers small grant funding on a yearly basis to help leverage department and college investments in ethics research, particularly as it relates to business.

View the call for proposals for 2017-2018


Sponsored Publications 

Motro, D., & Ellis, A.P.J. (2017). Boys, don’t cry: Gender and reactions to negative performance feedback. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 227-235.​

Liu, A.X., Liu, Y., & Luo, T. (2016). What drives a firm's choice of product recall remedy? The impact of remedy cost, product hazard, and the CEO. Journal of Marketing, 80(3), 79-95.

Mai, K.M., Ellis, A.P.J., Christian, J.S., & Porter, C.O.L.H (2016). Examining the effects of turnover intentions on OCBs and deviance behavior: A psychological contract approach. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101(8), 1067-1081.​  

Mai, K.M., Ellis, A.P.J., & Welsh, D.T. (2015). The grey side of creativity: Exploring the role of activation in the link between creative personality and unethical behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 60, 76-85.

Cooper, D. A., Connolly, T., & Kugler, T. (2015). Lay personality theories in interactive decisions: Strong beliefs, weak evidence. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 28, 201-213.

Welsh, D.T., Ordóñez, L.D., Snyder, D.G., & Christian, M.S. (2015). The slippery slope: A self-regulatory examination of the cumulative effect of minor ethical transgressions. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 114-127.

Christian, J.S., & Ellis, A.P.J. (2014). The crucial role of turnover intentions in transforming moral disengagement into deviant behavior at work. Journal of Business Ethics, 119, 193-208.

Welsh, D.T., Ellis, A.P.J., Mai, K.M., & Christian, M.S. (2014). Building a self-regulatory model of sleep deprivation and deception: The role of conformity and caffeine. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 1268-1277.

Welsh, D.T. & Ordóñez, L.D. (2014). Conscience without cognition: The effects of subconscious priming on ethical behavior. Academy of Management Journal, 57, 723-742.

Welsh, D.T. & Ordóñez, L.D. (2014). The dark side of consecutive high performance goals: Linking goal setting, depletion, and unethical behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 123, 79-89. 

Media Mentions: 

"Science says women can do this at work (but men can't)"., December 14, 2016. 

"Attention, Bosses: Why Angry Employees Are Bad for Business". UANews, November 2016.  


"How Caffeine Can Keep You Honest". Association for Psychological Science, March 11, 2016. 

"Why Your Creative Friends and Co-Workers Can Be So Deceptive". Psychology Today, July 29, 2015. 

"Would you be influenced by...dinner?". BBC Capital, June 15, 2015.

"Creative Thinking can Inspire Unethical Behavior".  Pacific Standards, May 21, 2015. 

"The slippery slope is all downhill." Forbes India. March 27, 2017.

"The slippery-slope effect: Minor misdeeds lead to major ones." Psychological Science. March 10, 2015. 

"Sleep deprived employees engage in more unethical workplace behavior." I/O at Work. February 2, 2015. 

"Ethics and the slippery slope: Why good people do bad things." Ideas for Leaders. November 30, 2014. 

"A series of unconscionable events: Why do injustices snowball? Research explains.Psychology Today, October 2014, pp. 18-19.

"The Slippery Slope of Getting Away With Small Stuff"BBC: August 7, 2014

"Avoiding the ethical slippery slope." Workplace Ethics Advice. July 17, 2014. 

"Dirty Business":WUNC: July 10, 2014

"The slippery slope in business ethics." Talking Ethics. July 10, 2014. 

"When Tiny Fibs Create Big Risks for Businesses"Bloombery Business Week: June 26, 2014

"Stealing a Pen at Work Could Turn You on to Much Bigger Crimes"Huffington Post: June 26, 2014

"Make it a venti, you liar." Bloomberg BusinessWeek. May 15, 2014

"Coffee, naps, and ethical work behavior." Chicago Tribune. May 9, 2014

"You have a moral obligation to drink coffee." CKNW News. May 7, 2014

"You Have a Moral Obligation to Drink Coffee: Science" : Huffington Post : May 1, 2014

"The connection between sleep deprivation, caffeine, and self-control." I/O at Work. May, 2014

"Study: Giving employees more coffee leads to more ethical workplace behavior." Consumerist. April 16, 2014 

"How coffee can keep workers honest." Fortune. April 16, 2014

“Setting consecutive difficult goals has a dark side.” Harvard Business Review. February 5, 2014.  

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