Moral emotions: A review and research agenda for management scholarship

Rebecca Greenbaum, Julena Bonner, Truit Gray, Mary Mawritz

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By discussing “families” of moral emotions, we synthesize and review the moral emotions literature in an effort to advance organizational scholarship. First, we broadly discuss “what constitutes a moral emotion?” Second, we critically examine each family of moral emotions. We discuss key controversies and debates, particularly in terms of construct overlap, and provide recommendations. Third, we review scholarly work on each family of moral emotions in the workplace and offer ideas for future research. Finally, in our general future directions, we discuss a range of theoretical perspectives that can be used to advance the moral emotions literature in the management field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-114
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


  • affect
  • behavioral ethics
  • emotions
  • moral emotions


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