Has a colleague every stolen your idea or taken credit for your work? We're studying this!

University of Toronto, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources

University of Toronto, Scarborough, Department of Management

In this study, you will share your specific story with me about what happened when your colleague either took your idea or took credit for your work. After telling me your story, I will ask you some questions about your experience more generally with this phenomenon at work.

Your Impact

By participating in this study, you will help researchers better-understand the circumstances that involve employees taking advantage of others! The ultimate goal is to prevent this from happening by promoting organizational cultures that value trust, respect, and accountability.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

At least 18 years old

Must have experienced knowledge theft at work (e.g., an idea stolen from you, a colleague took credit for your work)

Study Tasks

Engage in a phone interview (approx 30 mins)
Fill out 2 surveys post-interview (approx 10 minutes)
Provide detailed responses to the questions asked over the phone by the researcher


This research has been reviewed and approved by the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board (Protocol # 37587).


idea theft

Activity and Time


Interview, Phone Call

Weekdays, Weeknights

30 minute(s) - 60 minute(s) per session

1 session(s)

Interviews will be conducted over the phone; a brief online survey will be administered after the interview.


$25 Amazon e-gift card

Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

Posting date: Oct 24, 2019

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