ODA seminar by Mathilde Tønnesen

The impact of communication on collaborative dishonesty

Info about event


Wednesday 20 September 2023,  at 12:00 - 13:00




The ODA Section, MGMT

On 20 September at 12:00 in room 2628-211, there will be an ODA seminar by Mathilde Tønnesen entitled:

The impact of communication on collaborative dishonesty

Large-scale corporate fraud often evolves from the intricate, coordinated actions of several individuals. Despite being a pivotal aspect of cooperation, only few studies within the field of collaborative dishonesty have included communication between participants, and no studies have yet experimentally compared this to non-communicative contexts. As a result, the impact of communication on unethical collaboration remains unclear. To address this gap, we conducted two well-powered studies, closely replicating and extending seminal research by Weisel and Shalvi (2015). In our experiments, communication was introduced as a manipulated variable within a dyadic die-roll task. Across both studies, we found compelling evidence that communication strongly increases the magnitude of cheating – even when coordination on the task is not allowed. Furthermore, we identified that the effect of communication was mediated by an increased experience of collaboration, indicating that communication not only plays a central role in ethical collaborations, but also influences collaborative dishonest behaviors.

Everyone is welcome!

You're welcome to bring your lunch:-)