The Center for Leadership Ethics is committed to fostering research that advances our understanding of ethical issues at multiple levels within or between organizations.

A core function of the Center is to develop and disseminate practical and important ethics research through the application of social scientific research methods, emphasizing quantitative data analysis and experimental design. Our goal is to establish the Eller College as a leader in ethics research among our peer institutions and within the community, primarily through publication in top-tier journal outlets. 

To reach our goal of establishing Eller as a leader in ethics research, the Center offers small grant funding to help leverage department and college investments in ethics research, particularly as it relates to business. However, funding is contingent on the resources available through the Center.


Sponsored Publications 

Doyle, SP, Pettit, NC, Kim, S, To, C, & Lount, RB. (2022). Surging Underdogs and Slumping Favorites: How Recent Streaks and Future Expectations Drive Competitive Transgressions. Academy of Management Journal, 65, 1507-1540.

Slaughter, J. E., Cooper, D. A., Gilliland, S. W. (2020). Good apples in good barrels: Conscientious people are more responsive to code enforcement. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 93, 834-860.

Welsh, D.T., Mai, K.M., & Ellis, A.P.J. (2020). How perpetrator gender influences reactions to premeditated versus impulsive unethical behavior: A role congruity approach. Journal of Business Ethics, 166, 489-503.

Goldman, B., Cooper, D. A., & Kugler, T. (2019). Crime and punishment: A realistic group conflict theory approach to racial discrimination in hiring convicted felons. International Journal of Conflict Management, 30, 2-23.

Schilke, O., & Rossman, G. (2018). It's only wrong if it's transactional: Moral perceptions of obfuscated exchange. American Sociological Review, 83, 1079-1107.

Gabriel, A.S., Butts, M.M., Yuan, Z., Rosen, R.L., & Sliter, M.T. (2018). Further understanding incivility in the workplace: The effects of gender, agency, and communion. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103, 362-382.

Welsh, D.T., Mai, K.M., Ellis, A.P.J., & Christian, M.S. (2018). Overcoming the effects of sleep deprivation on unethical behavior: An extension of integrated self-control theory.  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 76, 142-154.

Motro, D., & Ellis, A.P.J. (2017). Boys, don’t cry: Gender and reactions to negative performance feedback. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 227-235.​

Liu, A.X., Liu, Y., & Luo, T. (2016). What drives a firm's choice of product recall remedy? The impact of remedy cost, product hazard, and the CEO. Journal of Marketing, 80(3), 79-95.

Mai, K.M., Ellis, A.P.J., Christian, J.S., & Porter, C.O.L.H (2016). Examining the effects of turnover intentions on OCBs and deviance behavior: A psychological contract approach. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101(8), 1067-1081.​  

Mai, K.M., Ellis, A.P.J., & Welsh, D.T. (2015). The grey side of creativity: Exploring the role of activation in the link between creative personality and unethical behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology , 60, 76-85.

Cooper, D. A., Connolly, T., & Kugler, T. (2015). Lay personality theories in interactive decisions: Strong beliefs, weak evidence. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 28, 201-213.

Welsh, D.T., Ordóñez, L.D., Snyder, D.G., & Christian, M.S. (2015). The slippery slope: A self-regulatory examination of the cumulative effect of minor ethical transgressions. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 114-127.

Christian, J.S., & Ellis, A.P.J. (2014). The crucial role of turnover intentions in transforming moral disengagement into deviant behavior at work. Journal of Business Ethics, 119, 193-208.

Welsh, D.T., Ellis, A.P.J., Mai, K.M., & Christian, M.S. (2014). Building a self-regulatory model of sleep deprivation and deception: The role of conformity and caffeine. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 1268-1277.

Welsh, D.T. & Ordóñez, L.D. (2014). Conscience without cognition: The effects of subconscious priming on ethical behavior. Academy of Management Journal, 57, 723-742.

Welsh, D.T. & Ordóñez, L.D. (2014). The dark side of consecutive high performance goals: Linking goal setting, depletion, and unethical behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 123, 79-89. 

Select Media Mentions

"Women Experience More Incivility at Work-Especially from Other Women" Harvard Business Review, March 28, 2018 

"Women at Work Are Meaner to Each Other Than Men Are to Female or Male Co-workers" Newsweek, March 1, 2018  

"Why Your Creative Friends and Co-Workers Can Be So Deceptive" Psychology Today, July 29, 2015 

"The Slippery Slope of Getting Away With Small Stuff" BBC, August 7, 2014

"Stealing a Pen at Work Could Turn You on to Much Bigger Crimes" Huffington Post, June 26, 2014

"Coffee, Naps and Ethical Work Behavior" Chicago Tribune, May 9, 2014

"You Have a Moral Obligation to Drink Coffee: Science" Huffington Post, May 1, 2014

“Setting Consecutive Difficult Goals Has a Dark Side” Harvard Business Review, February 5, 2014