Losing the faith: organizational identification and wrongdoing in the Catholic church

Stroube, B and Zavyalova, A (2012) Losing the faith: organizational identification and wrongdoing in the Catholic church. [Conference proceeding]


We contribute to research on organizational wrongdoing by empirically investigating the effect of a rare but consequential type of wrongdoing–intentional wrongdoing that leads to severe consequences–on supportive behaviors by stakeholders with different levels of organizational identification. We examine these relationships in the context of a 2005 grand jury investigation that detailed alleged sexual abuse within the parishes of a single Catholic Church archdiocese. We use this report as a natural experiment to investigate the effect of parish association with wrongdoing priests on churchgoer activity statistics during 1970-2010. Consistent with prior research, our findings indicate that the occurrence of a severe wrongdoing leads to lower support from low-identification stakeholders. Interestingly, and contrary to prior studies, while a mere occurrence of a severe wrongdoing does not lead to lower support from high-identification stakeholders, this group withdraws their support with an increase in the magnitude of wrongdoing.

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Item Type: Conference proceeding
Subject Areas: Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2019 08:59
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 15:07
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/1143

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