HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Support for the use of deception within the work environment: A comparison of Israel and United States employees

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2002

Publication Title

Journal of Business Ethics

ISSN or ISBN

0167-4544

Volume

35

Issue

1

First Page

27

Last Page

34

Description

As businesses become more global, the opportunities for employees to work with individuals from different cultures increase. Research in cross-cultural interactions has increased in response to such changes. This research study considers employee attitudes and perceived organizational support for the use of deception within the work environment. In this study, two types of deception have been considered; deception for personal gain and deception for the organization's benefit. The reported likelihood for committing these two types of deception for United States and Israeli employees was gathered. The results indicate that United States employees are more likely to deceive others for personal gain than the Israeli employees. In addition, the results indicate that United States employees were more likely to perceive organizational support for the use of deception for personal gain than were the Israeli employees. No differences between the two samples were found for personal or organizational support for deception for the organization's benefit. Differences are explained using Hofstede's (1991) theory of international cultures.

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