Project Information

Kurt Lewin Instituut
Heidelberglaan 1
Room Number H1.42
3584 CS UTRECHT
The Netherlands
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Project Information

Project Title
"When and How Norm Violators Rise to Power: The Critical Role of the Perpetrator's Standing in the Group."

Institute
University of Amsterdam - Social Psychology

PhD Student
Jiafang Chen

Supervisor(s)
Gerben A. van Kleef
Astrid C. Homan
Barbara Nevicka

Period
1 October 2017 - 30 October 2021

Funding
China Scholarship Council


Summary

negative responses from others (e.g., anger towards the perpetrator), but deviance can also contribute to the perpetrator’s greater power or higher hierarchical standing. We propose that someone’s standing in the group can explain whether his or her violating behaviors bring about positive or negative consequences. We use Hollander’s classic notion of idiosyncrasy credits to represent the perpetrator’s standing. These credits determine the extent to which someone can safely deviate from rules and norms. We propose that norm violators experience positive outcomes (compared to norm abiders) when they have sufficient credits, but negative outcomes when they lack credits. The current project aims to integrate the divergent conditions and (I) illuminate when

deviant behaviors lead to positive or negative responses, (Il) focus on the role of idiosyncrasy credits in these processes, and (III) provide ideas for society and organizations on how to manage these violations.


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