In many of these situations, lies are socially undesirable and bear consequences for individuals and society as a whole.
In addition to reflecting on the role of self-image in the decision to lie, this work also focuses on how insights into the relationship of self-image and honesty can help to reduce dishonesty.
In the case of self-image concerns increasing honesty, this can be done by increasing the negative feeling caused by telling a lie.
Practical, real-world examples of such issues are numerous, but the ‘Enron case’ is probably the most well-known (Ndofor et al. The study utilises datasets of managers, managerial performance reports and companies (Ghana Club 100) in its work and applies a mixed method approach using a variety of research instruments.
Several theoretical approaches provide the bedrock for this study and a lens for examining different dimensions of the concept of honesty in MPR.
It also makes worthy contributions to our understanding of new contexts.
The act of lying has always fascinated societies and researchers because opportunities to lie for the own benefit are prevalent in many areas of people's daily lives.
People have an interest in holding a positive self-image and take actions which enable them to have a positive attitude towards themselves.
Thus, self-image concerns also affect the decision to tell a lie or to make a truthful statement.
The chapters of this thesis focus on the role of self-image in the decision to tell a lie and explore the relationship between self-image and honesty to answer two main questions.
How do self-image concerns explain differences in lying between different settings and what is the role of self-image concerns in decreasing dishonesty?