Role of moral judgment in peers’ vicarious learning from employees’ unethical pro-organizational behavior

Ethics and Behavior 32 (3):239-258 (2022)
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ABSTRACT By integrating theories of social learning and moral judgment, we developed a theoretical model on whether and when peers imitate employees’ unethical pro-organizational behavior in the workplace. The study, which involved 256 employees in a large manufacturing company in China, revealed that employees’ UPB positively predicted peers’ vicarious learning of UPB, with the effect strengthened by employees’ organizational tenure but weakened by peers’ deontic injustice. Moreover, the positive effect of employees’ UPB on their peers’ vicarious learning was mitigated, and even turned negative when employees’ organizational tenure was low, but peers’ deontic injustice was high.



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