Are Creative People More Dishonest?

buzzYES, that is the title of an article in the December 7, 2011 issues of the HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL Newsletter.

In a series of studies, Francesca Gino and Dan Ariely found that inherently creative people tend to cheat more than noncreative people. Furthermore, they showed that inducing creative behavior tends to induce unethical behavior. It’s a sobering thought in a corporate culture that champions out-of-the-box thinking. Key concepts include:

  • In a series of experiments, the researchers found links between creativity and unethical behavior.
  • Inherently creative people tend to cheat more than noncreative types. Furthermore, inducing creative behavior tends to induce unethical behavior.
  • Creativity is not necessarily bad, but managers would do well to consider how to structure the creative process to get the good outcomes of creativity without triggering the bad ones.

 

For details of the research and findings, go to: http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/6883.html?wknews=12072011

 

 

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