Agency theory evaluation

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  • Agency Theory Evaluation
    • Supporting Studies
      • Milgram- experimenter thought to have legit responsibility
      • Hofling- nurses obeyed doc, legit auth. took responsibility
    • Real life phenomena
      • Abu Ghraib prison soldiers under high authority. behaved in agentic state as "just following orders"
    • Moral strain explained
      • People in M+H didnt seem like they wanted to do it but in agentic state so compelled to
    • Doesnt explain all behaviour in milgram and hofling
      • not 100% obedience so some werent in agentic state
    • Theory does not explain that some people obey because they are scared of the consequences
  • Hofling- nurses obeyed doc, legit auth. took responsibility

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