Boards of Directors – A Behavioral Analysis – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Boards of Directors – A Behavioral Analysis

Grace Fabbri


Pronouns: she/her

Research Mentor(s): Cindy Schipani, Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Business Law, Ross School of Business
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 6 (4pm-4:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 20
Presenter: 7

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This project is related to the psychology of Boards of Directors. We are attempting to find out why certain companies allow or promote unethical behavior from their employees, and/or engage in it themselves. The purpose is generally to seek knowledge on the subject, but also to begin to lay down a framework for how companies can establish a healthy work environment. Our methodology is literature review, the findings from which have been put into a paper. The driving force behind unethical behavior is broadly capitalistic – our research has shown that many companies are willing to cut corners for the sake of saving money. These results are extremely relevant, especially when considering how to regulate this behavior moving forward. Calling more attention to the ways in which companies take advantage will hopefully help put better protections in place for employees and discourage further unethical behavior in the future.

Authors: Cindy Schipani, Grace Fabbri
Research Method: Library/Archival/Internet Research

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