Examining the Link Between Ethical Leadership and Employee Misconduct: The Mediating Role of Ethical Climate

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

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Abstract

Drawing on theory and research on ethical leadership and ethical climate, we examine ethical climate as a mediator of the relationship between ethical leadership and employee misconduct. Using a sample of 1,525 employees and their supervisors in 300 units in different organizations, we find support for our hypothesized model. We discuss theoretical and practical implications of these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-16
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume95
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law

Keywords

  • anti-social behavior
  • ethical climate
  • ethical leadership

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