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Business culture and dishonesty in the banking industry

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, November 2014
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news
71 news outlets
blogs
15 blogs
twitter
581 tweeters
weibo
5 weibo users
facebook
36 Facebook pages
googleplus
10 Google+ users
video
1 video uploader

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mendeley
419 Mendeley
citeulike
4 CiteULike
Title
Business culture and dishonesty in the banking industry
Published in
Nature, November 2014
DOI 10.1038/nature13977
Pubmed ID
Authors

Alain Cohn, Ernst Fehr, Michel André Maréchal, Cohn A, Fehr E, Maréchal MA

Abstract

Trust in others' honesty is a key component of the long-term performance of firms, industries, and even whole countries. However, in recent years, numerous scandals involving fraud have undermined confidence in the financial industry. Contemporary commentators have attributed these scandals to the financial sector's business culture, but no scientific evidence supports this claim. Here we show that employees of a large, international bank behave, on average, honestly in a control condition. However, when their professional identity as bank employees is rendered salient, a significant proportion of them become dishonest. This effect is specific to bank employees because control experiments with employees from other industries and with students show that they do not become more dishonest when their professional identity or bank-related items are rendered salient. Our results thus suggest that the prevailing business culture in the banking industry weakens and undermines the honesty norm, implying that measures to re-establish an honest culture are very important.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 12 3%
Germany 9 2%
Switzerland 8 2%
United States 6 1%
France 5 1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
India 2 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
Other 11 3%
Unknown 360 86%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 125 30%
Researcher 63 15%
Student > Master 60 14%
Professor > Associate Professor 39 9%
Student > Bachelor 38 9%
Other 94 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 91 22%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 74 18%
Business, Management and Accounting 68 16%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 45 11%
Social Sciences 40 10%
Other 101 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1163. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 May 2017.
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#1,143
of 7,930,941 outputs
Outputs from Nature
#282
of 46,758 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#38
of 229,366 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Nature
#12
of 894 outputs
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