Francis J. Flynn
Stanford University
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52Publications
24H-index
2,976Citations
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#1Vanessa K. Bohns (Cornell University)H-Index: 12
#2Francis J. Flynn (Stanford University)H-Index: 24
Abstract Researchers have linked trait empathy to an individual's willingness to help others. We examine whether trait empathy also predicts people's expectations that others will help them. We posit that highly empathic people are more attuned to the emotional drivers of others' prosocial behavior—an intrinsic desire to help and the discomfort of refusing a help request. Such insight should make empathic people more optimistic that their own requests for help will be granted. In two studies of ...
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#1Rebecca Schaumberg (UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)
#2Francis J. Flynn (Stanford University)H-Index: 24
Abstract Research on guilt proneness in the workplace has flourished over the past decade. Here we attempt to refine the construct, outlining its positive psychological mechanisms and clarifying how it relates to desired employee outcomes. We present a theoretical framework that explains how guilt-prone employees react and attempt to resolve, conflicting normative expectations, generating specific predictions about the relationship between guilt proneness and various forms of conformity and devi...
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#1Jennifer Jordan (UG: University of Groningen)H-Index: 29
#2Francis J. Flynn (Stanford University)H-Index: 24
Last. Taya R. Cohen (CMU: Carnegie Mellon University)H-Index: 20
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#1Kimberly D. ElsbachH-Index: 28
Last. Francis J. FlynnH-Index: 24
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#1Vanessa K. Bohns (UW: University of Waterloo)H-Index: 12
#2Francis J. Flynn (Stanford University)H-Index: 24
Help-seekers and potential helpers often experience an “empathy gap”—an inability to understand each other''s unique perspectives. Both parties are concerned about their reputation, self-esteem, and relationships, but these concerns differ in ways that lead to misinterpretation of the other party's actions, and, in turn, missed opportunities for cooperation. In this essay, we review research that describes the role-specific concerns of helpers and help-seekers. We then review studies of emotiona...
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#1Scott S. Wiltermuth (SC: University of Southern California)H-Index: 15
#2Francis J. Flynn (Stanford University)H-Index: 24
We propose that power increases how severely people punish transgressors. Further, we argue that this greater severity stems from an increased sense of moral clarity instilled by the psychological experience of power. We investigate the linkages among power, moral clarity, and punishment across multiple studies. Individuals with an increased sense of power advocated more severe punishments for transgressors than did those with a diminished sense of power. Further, moral clarity mediated the link...
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#1Kimberly D. Elsbach (UC Davis: University of California, Davis)H-Index: 28
#2Francis J. Flynn (Stanford University)H-Index: 24
In this paper, we explored how collaborative behaviours were related to the self‐concepts of creative workers. Our findings, derived from a qualitative study of corporate toy designers, showed that the personal (vs. social) identities of toy designers were most strongly related to collaborative behaviours. Further, collaborative behaviours defined as idea giving were most congruent with all toy designers' personal identities, while collaborative behaviours defined as idea taking were most incong...
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#1Magnus Thor Torfason (Harvard University)H-Index: 4
#2Francis J. Flynn (Stanford University)H-Index: 24
Last. Daniella Kupor (Stanford University)H-Index: 8
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We investigated the link between tipping, an altruistic act, and bribery, an immoral act. We found a positive relationship between these two seemingly unrelated behaviors, using archival cross-national data for 32 countries, and controlling for per capita gross domestic product, income inequality, and other factors. Countries that had higher rates of tipping behavior tended to have higher rates of corruption. We suggest that this surprising association may be accounted for by temporal focus—peop...
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#1Vanessa K. Bohns (UW: University of Waterloo)H-Index: 12
#2Francis J. Flynn (Stanford University)H-Index: 24
Employees at all organizational levels have influence over their subordinates, their colleagues, and even their bosses. But are they aware of this influence? We present evidence suggesting that employees are constrained by cognitive biases that lead them to underestimate their influence over others in the workplace. As a result of this underestimation of influence, employees may be reluctant to spearhead organizational change, discount their own role in subordinates’ performance failures, and fa...
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