Is being honest a lot of work? The answer to that question can affect how dishonestly people behave at work, research finds. Julia Lee of the University of Michigan says the prevalence and high cost of employee fraud inspired the research. Estimates put the cost at up to $3.7 trillion worldwide of dishonest behavior by employees.
"There is so much research on whether morality or doing the right thing is driven by deliberation or moral intuition," says Lee, assistant professor of management and organizations at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and lead author of the study to appear in the Journal of Applied Psychology.