For many young people, competitions are perhaps the most recognisable, frequent and formative experiences of ‘enterprise.’ So this research, which explores the effects of winning in competitions should be of interest to enterprise educators.

Researchers Amos Schurr and Ilana Ritov, found, via a series of experiments with human volunteers, that people who beat someone else in a competition were more likely to cheat in future competitions. They found that winning a competition engenders subsequent unethical behaviour, and further research suggested that the possible mechanism for this effect is an ‘enhanced sense of entitlement amongst competition winners.’

Read more at:

Amos Schurr et al. Winning a competition predicts dishonest behaviour, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1515102113


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