Doing Bad Things for Good Reasons: An Examination of Unethical Pro-Organizational Behavior Among Professional Workers

Experience Level: Any level of experience

Unethical behavior in organizations can be extremely costly. It exposes firms to direct costs, such as fines, settlements, and legal expenses, as well as indirect costs like damage to the firm’s reputation. This presentation will examine when employees perform unethical acts to benefit the organization (i.e., unethical pro-organizational behavior), what factors contribute to it, and what professional engineering firms can do to reduce unethical behavior at work. Participants will leave with a specific, documented plan to reduce unethical behavior in their workplace, drawing upon the latest research and customizing solutions to their needs

Learning Outcomes:

•To understand unethical pro-organizational behavior and factors that contribute to it. 
•To understand strategies for mitigating the risk that professional workers will act unethically to benefit the organization.
•To understand the potential dark side, or unintended consequences, of professional workers identifying with their organization.

1 PDH (NY Approval Pending)


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Kyle Payne, PhD

Bellevue University

Dr. Payne is a strategic, data-driven talent development manager and leadership consultant with 10+ years of experience finding innovative ways to bring out the best in people, especially in manufacturing and AEC firms. He has also applied his expertise in Lean Six Sigma to help organizations build quality management systems that meet strict regulatory requirements and foster continuous improvement.

Dr. Payne researches and gives talks related to evidence-based practices that foster identification, engagement, and citizenship behaviors among employees while mitigating the “dark side” of these phenomena. He has served as a volunteer exam developer for ASQ, AWS, ICC, AMPP, and SHRM. He currently serves on the Ethics & Professional Practice Committee for AMPP. 


Live event: 04/12/2023 at 2:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.