Self-interest: Defining and understanding a human motive

Russell Cropanzano, Barry Goldman, Robert Folger

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This paper explores the concept of self-interest. Taking a multi-disciplinary perspective, we discuss and critique various definitions of this phenomenon. We argue that self-interest is an important human motive. However, we also emphasize that other human motives exist. These include empathy toward others and adherence to moral duty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)985-991
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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