Sanger faculty champion and Michigan Ross Professor Dave Mayer was recently interviewed by Michigan News about his latest study with his co-authors on ethical leadership. It turns out, that family portrait in the corner of your desk could make you less likely to tell a lie to your boss or pad your expense report!

A family photo reminds you that your work is more than just a transactional, economic necessity: it speaks to who you are and what your values are.

Read more about the study and Dave’s insights from Michigan News.

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“We find that having a photo of a close other (as compared to a stranger, environmental landscape or building) reduces the extent to which they view work as simply an economic domain and helps align their behaviors with their core values such that they are less likely to lie for personal financial gain.”

Dave MayerMichael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

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