Are personal and professional ethics related? Ashley Madison may have the answer

A study out of the University of Texas at Austin took a look at the names revealed in the Ashley Madison hack.  Ashley Madison is the online dating service for marital affairs. The researchers wanted to know whether the CEOs and CFOs who used the site "were more likely to do dishonest things.. they looked to see whether the firm was the target of a class action lawsuit or the firm had made financial misstatements," NPR's Shankar Vedantam reports.

What did they find?  It turns out the corporate leaders who used Ashley Madison were more than twice as likely to engage in corporate cheating and misconduct. They also found this group more likely to be risk-takers when it came to innovation and research.

Bottom line: "Our findings suggest that personal and professional ethics are closely related (and) support the classical view that virtues such as honesty and integrity influence a person’s thoughts and actions across diverse contexts.”

You can read the study for yourself here.

Stephen Goforth