Phil 10.20.2022

The Slippery Slope: How Small Ethical Transgressions Pave the Way for Larger Future Transgressions

  • Many recent corporate scandals have been described as resulting from a slippery slope in which a series of small infractions gradually increased over time (e.g., McLean & Elkind, 2003). However, behavioral ethics research has rarely considered how unethical behavior unfolds over time. In this study, we draw on theories of self-regulation to examine whether individuals engage in a slippery slope of increasingly unethical behavior. First, we extend Bandura’s (1991, 1999) social-cognitive theory by demonstrating how the mechanism of moral disengagement can reduce ethicality over a series of gradually increasing indiscretions. Second, we draw from recent research connecting regulatory focus theory and behavioral ethics (Gino & Margolis, 2011) to demonstrate that inducing a prevention focus moderates this mediated relationship by reducing one’s propensity to slide down the slippery slope. We find support for the developed model across 4 multiround studies. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).


  • Working on showing controller commands, states, and responses – done!
  • Add SharedObject “queries” that create spreadsheets for specified (maybe an array?) types. Got the basics working. Need to break out a method to handle a type and a writer


  • 10:00 Meeting! We are going ahead on the book! Submission of the full book at the beginning of December, and a decision 1-2 weeks after that!
  • Continue to roll in changes