PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to clarify the relationship between ethical leadership and employee organizational citizenship behavior (OCB), specifically the mechanisms through which ethical leadership impacts employee OCB, and the moderating role of workplace ostracism.Design/methodology/approachThe study used the survey-based dyad data collected from middle management team members and their immediate subordinates in Chinese companies. Multiple regression analysis was used to test the research hypothesis.FindingsThe empirical findings indicate that ethical leadership positively influences employee OCB. Organizational commitment mediates the relationship between ethical leadership and employee OCB. Furthermore, the effect of ethical leadership on employee OCB directly and indirectly (via organizational commitment) is moderated by workplace ostracism.Originality/valueThis paper adds to knowledge about the relationship between ethical leadership and employee OCB and contributes to better understand workplace ostracism.
Leadership & Organization Development Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 5, 2018
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