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In The Middle of It All: New Research on Middle Managers and Ethical Behavior, Part I of 2

We are very, very pleased to have a special discussion over the next two weeks about some very interesting new research and data about managers and ethics. We will be interviewing the principal authors of a new article just published in October, titled “Middle Managers and Corruptive Routine Translation: The Social Production of Deceptive Performance”.

As an early holiday gift, Compliance Beat is happy to provide a wide-ranging Q&A about middle managers, ethical decision-making and the intersection with compliance! Forget festive feasting and gift-giving, for compliance stalwarts this is truly a great gift: insight on a subject where there hasn’t been much research.

Join us as we speak to:

Linda K. Treviño, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics in the Department of Management and Organization in the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University. Professor Treviño holds a Ph.D. in management which has contributed to her unique focus on ethics as a management issue. She has published 90 articles, many in the field’s top research journals. She has also co-authored three books, an academic book on organizational ethics, another on academic integrity, and a textbook on business ethics that is in its sixth edition. In 2007, she was elected a member of the Academy of Management Fellows, a group that recognizes and honors members of the Academy of Management who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management. Professor Treviño has taught students at all levels and has spoken to many academic and practitioner audiences. Her views on business ethics have been quoted in the press including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Business Week, and other publications and she has appeared on CNBC. Her research has focused on the impact of individual differences and ethical culture on employee behavior, ethical leadership, speaking up about ethical issues, and the role of values in organizations among other topics. She maintains an active research program with current research that includes a focus on how scandal affects leaders and organizations, moral advocacy in ethical decision making groups and emotions in ethical decision making. Ethisphere named her one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics in 2015.


Niki den Nieuwenboer, an assistant professor of organizational behavior and business ethics at the University of Kansas. She holds a PhD in Management from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on understanding unethical behavior in the workplace. This includes work on social status drives and unethical behavior, the role of social structure in moral disengagement, and work on the identity and legitimacy challenges that ethics and compliance officers face in fulfilling the ethics role. More recently, Niki has also started a project to examine the challenges that dyslectics face in the workplace, and how they deal with those.
Niki has published in Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Annual Review of Psychology, and in the Journal of Business Ethics, and recently won the Best Business Ethics Paper Award, sponsored by the Journal of Business Ethics, of the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management. Prior to earning her Ph.D., Niki worked for KPMG Forensic in Brussels, Belgium, as a consultant in ethics management.

Finally, tune in next week for the conclusion of this interesting interview.

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