Relationships and unethical behavior: A social network perspective

Daniel J. Brass, Kenneth D. Butterfield, Bruce C. Skaggs

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Recent models of unethical behavior have begun to examine the combination of characteristics of individuals, issues, and organizations. We extend this examination by addressing a largely ignored perspective that focuses on the relationships among actors. Drawing on social network analysis, we generate propositions concerning types of relationships (strength, multiplexity, asymmetry, and status) and the structure of relationships (structural holes, centrality, and density). We also consider the combination of the type and structure of relationships and how this embeddedness perspective relates to social contagion and conspiracies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-31
Number of pages18
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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