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Keep a List of Unethical Things You’ll Never Do

Harvard Business

Management is about commitment, execution, and follow-through. Experiments and experience show that people resist leaping from innocence to evil, but they can be lured into it one innocuous step at a time. A major fraud, for example, can begin as a minor shortfall that a fund manager or auditor decides (or is convinced) to hide. Maryam Kouchaki (the Kellogg School) and Francesca Gino (HBS) found “ unethical amnesia ” in their studies on over 2,100 participants.