Creating an ethical organizational environment: The relationship between ethical leadership, ethical organizational climate, and unethical behavior

Maribeth Kuenzi, David M. Mayer, Rebecca L. Greenbaum

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Abstract

The purpose of this research is to provide a richer lens on the ethical organizational environment by examining the relationship between ethical leadership and unit-level unethical behavior through ethical organizational climate (EOC), with collective moral identity as a boundary condition. In testing our theoretical model, we first develop and validate a measure of EOC to address concerns with existing measures of ethical climate. Second, we examine the role of collective moral identity as a moderator of the relationship between EOC and unit unethical behavior. We discuss implications regarding the importance of developing a more comprehensive conceptualization of EOC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-71
Number of pages29
JournalPersonnel Psychology
Volume73
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Keywords

  • collective moral identity
  • ethical climate
  • ethical leadership
  • organizational climate
  • unethical behavior

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