Will You Forgive Your Supervisor's Wrongdoings? The Moral Licensing Effect of Ethical Leader Behaviors
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摘要Moral licensing theory suggests that observers may liberate actors to behave in morally questionable ways due to the actors' history of moral behaviors. Drawing on this view, a scenario experiment with a 2 (high vs. low ethical) x 2 (internal vs. external motivation) between-subject design (N = 455) was conducted in the current study. We examined whether prior ethical leader behaviors cause subordinates to license subsequent abusive supervision, as well as the moderating role of behavior motivation on such effects. The results showed that when supervisors demonstrated prior ethical behaviors, subordinates, as victims, liberated them to act in abusive ways. Specifically, subordinates showed high levels of tolerance and low levels of condemnation toward abusive supervision and seldom experienced emotional responses to supervisors' abusive behaviors. Moreover, subordinates tended to attribute abusive supervision, viewed as a kind of mistreatment without an immediate intent to cause harm, to characteristics of the victims and of the organization rather than of the supervisors per se. When supervisors behaved morally out of internal rather than external motivations, the aforementioned licensing effects were stronger.
著者Wang R, Chan DKS
期刊名稱Frontiers in Psychology
出版年份2019
月份3
日期5
卷號10
出版社FRONTIERS MEDIA SA
文章號碼484
國際標準期刊號1664-1078
語言英式英語
關鍵詞abusive supervision, ethical leadership, moral transgression, moral licensing, motivation
Web of Science 學科類別Psychology, Multidisciplinary;Psychology

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