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ERIC Number: EJ890128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 99
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
An Integrated Model of Attribution of Responsibility for Wrongdoing in Organizations
Gailey, Jeannine A.; Lee, Matthew T.
Social Psychology Quarterly, v68 n4 p338-358 Dec 2005
Sociologists and psychologists have spent several decades attempting to improve our understanding of the factors that influence how people attribute responsibility for outcomes of social action, particularly wrongdoing. Members of two disciplines continue to refine Heider's seminal work in distinct ways, but have not developed a definitive test of attribution of responsibility (AOR) because of the ad hoc nature of existing research. To move towards a definitive test of AOR, we propose an integrated AOR model that is especially well suited to a neglected substantive concern: wrongdoing within organizations. In constructing our integrated model, we synthesize insights from the sociological and psychological research on AOR, while also incorporating concepts from organizational studies. An integrated model has the potential to provide a more stringent test of AOR in cases of organizational wrongdoing, which would move the field beyond its current stagnation and would carry important legal implications. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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