Department of Management


Date of this Version

July 2008


Published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (2008); doi 10.1016/j.obhdp.2008.06.001 Copyright © 2008 Elsevier Inc. Used by permission.


This study examined how perceptions of underlying offender motives affect victims’ emotional and behavioral reactions toward their offender. Perceived offender motives of malice and greed were embedded in a cognition–emotion–behavior model based on theories of attribution, forgiveness and revenge, and tested in the context of social undermining. Findings suggested that victims distinguished between offender malice and greed, and that these attributions shaped subsequent emotional reactions, which in turn demonstrated independent relations with revenge, avoidance, and reconciliation.