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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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71 news outlets
blogs
18 blogs
twitter
555 tweeters
weibo
5 weibo users
facebook
36 Facebook pages
googleplus
11 Google+ users
video
1 video uploader

Citations

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122 Dimensions

Readers on

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606 Mendeley
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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 2%
Switzerland 9 1%
Germany 8 1%
United States 7 1%
France 6 <1%
Japan 3 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
Iran, Islamic Republic of 2 <1%
India 2 <1%
Other 13 2%
Unknown 542 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 162 27%
Student > Master 94 16%
Researcher 76 13%
Student > Bachelor 63 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 41 7%
Other 169 28%
Unknown 1 <1%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 113 19%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 112 18%
Business, Management and Accounting 98 16%
Unspecified 60 10%
Social Sciences 59 10%
Other 163 27%
Unknown 1 <1%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1148. 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 04 October 2018.
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#2,229
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Outputs from Nature
#400
of 61,706 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#41
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#13
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