Employee's lying behavior and the role of self-awareness

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Chang, K., Max, S. and Celse, J. 2022. Employee's lying behavior and the role of self-awareness. International Journal of Organizational Analysis (IJOA). 30 (6), pp. 1538-1553. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-12-2020-2513
AuthorsChang, K., Max, S. and Celse, J.
Abstract

Purpose
Employee’s lying behavior has become ubiquitous at work, and managers are keen to know what can be done to curb such behavior. Managers often apply anti-lying strategies in their management and, in particular, the role of self-awareness on lying intervention has drawn academic attention recently. Drawing on multi-disciplinary literature, this study aims to investigate the efficacy of self-awareness in reducing lying behavior.

Design/methodology/approach
Following the perspectives of positivism and deductive reasoning, a quasi-experimental research approach was adopted. Employees from Dijon, France were recruited as research participants. Based on the literature, different conditions (scenario manipulation) were designed and implemented in the laboratory, in which participants were exposed to pre-set lying opportunities and their responses were analyzed accordingly.

Findings
Unlike prior studies which praised the merits of self-awareness, the authors found that self-awareness did not decrease lying behavior, not encouraging the confession of lying either. Employees actually lied more when they believed other employees were lying.

Practical implications
This study suggests managers not to rely on employee’s self-awareness; rather, the concept of self-awareness should be incorporated into the work ethics, and managers should schedule regular workshops to keep employees informed of the importance of ethics. When employees are regularly reminded of the ethics and appreciate its importance, their intention of lying is more likely to decrease.

Originality/value
To the best of the atuhors’ knowledge, the current research is the first in its kind to investigate lying intervention of employees in the laboratory setting. Research findings have brought new insights into the lying intervention literature, which has important implication on the implementation of anti-lying strategies.

JournalInternational Journal of Organizational Analysis (IJOA)
Journal citation30 (6), pp. 1538-1553
ISSN1934-8835
Year2022
PublisherEmerald
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-12-2020-2513
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Online18 May 2021
Print07 Dec 2022
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Accepted06 Mar 2021
Deposited07 Jun 2023
Copyright holder© 2021, The Author(s)
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