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Academic Report: Does Your Moral Identity Symbol Really Motivate Colleagues to Help Others?


Lecture: Does Your Moral Identity Symbol Really Motivate Colleagues to Help Others?

Speaker: Zhu Lei

Venue: Room A 411, Teaching Building No. 5, West Campus

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time: 14:30

Speaker Introduction

Zhu Lei is currently an Associate Professor (permanent) at the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. In July 2019, he will be employed at the Schulich School of Business at York University. His research interests include: behavioral ethics, personal impressions, etc. Several of his research projects were funded by SSHRC (Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council). He has published over 15 academic papers with journals including Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Ethics, Social Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Cognition, Organizational Psychology Review, Proceedings. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Vocation Behavior and a special commentator for journals such as Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Lecture Content

People of high moral character often motivate colleagues to conduct good deeds, but it is also obvious that they may cause repugnant emotions in the workplace. The study proposes the concept of moral identity symbol, namely: the external manifestation of one’s morality by integrating the theory of social cognition and self-determination. On the one hand, moral identity symbols can lead observers to regulate and increase their ethical behavior. The moral identity symbol is the judgment of the moral quality of others. On the other hand, moral identity symbols may involve or threaten the viewer’s autonomy needs and thus have a negative impact on the observer’s ethical behavior. The lecturer will conduct hypothesis verification through three studies and discuss the theoretical contributions, practical significance and future research directions of the research findings.

All are welcome.

[Translated by Yu Miao]

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