The publication “Cheap talk? Follower sarcasm reduces leader overpay by increasing accountability” from former DSI Fellow Jamie Gloor was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Jamie Gloor tested how a specific follower communication – sarcasm expression – affects a particularly costly behavior: leader overpay.
The study shows upward sarcasm (i.e., from followers toward leaders) decreases less moral leaders' self-interested behavior (e.g., overpay) by increasing accountability, pointing to followers as a key accountability support in the digital (Studies 1-3) and face-to-face (Study 4) space.
You can read the paper here.