It’s an old story: The star executive who gets caught waist-deep in a fraud scandal; the finance phenom who steals millions by skimming off the top.
What causes these smart, successful people to get wrapped up in illegal activities and unethical behavior? Dr. Muel Kaptein of the Rotterdam School of Management tackled this question in a paper about why good people do bad things.
These major crimes usually escalate from smaller offenses or lapses in judgment that are rationalized by a slew of psychological reasons.
We’ve collected 27 insights from Kaptein that explain a few of the various reasons why good people lie, cheat, and steal.
This is an update of a story originally reported by Max Nisen and Aimee Groth.