טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
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M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentYakobi Ofir
SubjectImpact of Behavioral Integrity on Decision Making: A Fuzzy
Signal Detection Theory Approach
DepartmentDepartment of Industrial Engineering and Management
Supervisor Professor Emeritus Dov Zohar
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Abstract

Behavioral Integrity (BI) was first introduced by Simons (1999) as the alignment of words and deeds of a leader. Since then, a number of studies have been conducted and found BI to affect various important organizational variables. We rely on Rest's (1986) model of ethical decision making and focus on the first stage (Moral Sensitivity) to hypothesize that BI will affect sensitivity in ethical decision task. Our second hypothesis relies on the link between BI and trust (Palanski & Yammarino, 2011), we hypothesized that followers to low BI leaders will tend to judge work situations involving the leader as less ethical than followers to high BI leaders.

We used Fuzzy Signal Detection Theory (FSDT) to assess sensitivity and decision criterion in an ethical decision making task we developed. Using written scenarios, we manipulated these variables and asked participants to rate eight scenarios representing hypothetical work-ethics dilemmas.

We found no significant effect of BI on the threshold (as measured by β) but no on sensitivity.

Our study was the first to examine the effect of BI on cognitive measures, using FSDT approach. We conclude that BI is a strong organizational factor that deserves more attention from organizational behavior and leadership scholars and more study needs to be done to reveal effects of BI on decision making and performance.