publication . Article . 2018

Collective corruption - how to live with it: towards a projection theory of post-crisis corruption perpetuation

Kominis, George; Dudau, Adina;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Apr 2018
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Country: India
This article draws on social psychology to explore the unconscious cognitive processes allowing for perpetuation of collective corruption in organisations in the aftermath of crises. In particular, we argue that, when faced with the cognitive dissonance produced by exposed collective corruption, and having to choose between changing behaviour or changing cognition, projection theory provides support for the latter. Thus, we identify the role of projection theory in overcoming cognitive dissonance in groups by projecting blame on to their leaders while continuing practices of corruption. These insights contribute to our understanding of perpetuation of collective...
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