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Low future orientation leads to unethical behavior

[Speaker] Yan, Jin:1
[Co-author] Zhang, Nannan:1, Hu, Jian:2
1:Zhejiang University (China (People's Republic of China)), 2:Tsinghua University (China (People's Republic of China))

People with high future orientation have a greater tendency to behave in ethically responsible ways in tempting situations than people with low future orientation do. We found a significant effect related to the extent of future orientation present in a national culture vis-à-vis the country's Corruption Perceptions Index score (Study 1). We also found that the dispositional consideration of future consequences predicts the tolerance of unethical behavior in academic cheating vignettes (Study 2). Finally, we tested the mediating role of construal level in the relationship between future orientation and disapproval of unethical behavior (Study 3).
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