Video: Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Bankers’ bonuses continue to receive plenty of criticism; many people call them unethical. Most people find it difficult to understand why bankers keep on giving themselves more money when banking was the sector that was blamed for the financial crisis. But bankers don’t seem to mend their ways. 

Your cocoon determines a large part of your outlook on the world, including what’s good and what’s bad.

This makes us wonder: how do bankers accept their bonuses without feeling they have done something completely unethical? Why do they see salary issues in such a different way to the general public? It can be traced back to one simple word, says RSM’s professor of behavioural ethics. He says it’s our personal ‘cocoon’.

prof.dr. M.H. (Marius) van Dijke
Professor in Behavioral Ethics
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Marius van Dijke

Related articles

RSM Discovery

Want to elevate your business to the next level using the latest research? RSM Discovery is your online research platform. Read the latest insights from the best researchers in the field of business. You can also subscribe to the newsletter to receive a bimonthly highlight with the most popular articles.

Do you want to learn more about this subject?

Check out these RSM education programmes

Your contact for more information:

Danielle Baan

Science Communication and Media Officer

Portrait of Erika Harriford-McLaren

Erika Harriford-McLaren

Corporate Communications & PR Manager

Erasmus University campus in autumn, showcasing its iconic red trees, viewed from across the campus pool.