The relationship between financial history and counterproductive work behavior

Edward S. Oppler, Brian D. Lyons, Debora A. Ricks, Scott H. Oppler

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To reduce employee counterproductive work behaviors (CWBs), organizations may choose to utilize a financial history (FH) instrument during the selection process. To date, no published empirical research has attempted to determine the validity of such a practice. Consequently, the purpose of this study was to determine if employees with FH concerns, which were identified during the selection process and their 5-year subsequent reinvestigation, were more likely to engage in CWBs, which were objectively measured through an examination of misconduct cases. Results from a random sample of 2519 employees indicated that those with FH concerns were significantly more likely to engage in CWBs than those without FH concerns. Implications to research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-420
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Selection and Assessment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


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