Research in Brief

Last updated: March 1, 2013


"I Pledge to Thee": The Sinister Side of Organizational Attachment


In 2013, survey research was conducted as part of a national study to test the propositions offered by Umphress and Bingham (2011). A path analysis was conducted that provides some support to the assertion that neutralization processes exist that is conducive to unethical pro-organizational behaviors, or "UPBs" (read: unethical actions that are intended to benefit the organization). The study also supports prior theoretical assertions that identification and commitment both predict an individuals 'attachment' to the organization.  That subsequent attachment is a positive predictor of UPBs.  Moreover, moral disengagement was also found to significantly predict UPBs. 

Below you will find a link to the poster presentation and handout provided.  This research to date has been presented thus far at the University of Southern Mississippi's Graduate Student Research Colloquium.  A manuscript and additional conference proposals are forthcoming.



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Brotherhood and the American College Fraternity

Dr. Gentry McCreary and Joshua Schutts have been conducting research on the nature and understanding of "brotherhood" as it relates to the college fraternity.  They have received a growing interest from students, national organizaiotns, and campuses to diseeminate this result.  Several campuses and national organizaitons have also booked them to present their programs on brotherhood, and its relationships to hazing and organizaitonal behavior.  If you are interested in learning more, please visit the links below or contact the principal investigators.


Contact the principal investigators:

Gentry McCreary (    Joshua Schutts (

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