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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (7): 1107-1117.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01107

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Unethical behaviors in organizational context: The explanation from moral disengagement theory

ZHANG Yan-Qing1; WANG Xiao-Hui2; WANG Hai-Bo2   

  1. (1 GuangDong Polytechnic Normal University, GuangZhou 510400, China) (2 Lingnan College, Sun Yat –Sen University, GuangZhou 510275, China)
  • Received:2015-12-16 Online:2016-07-15 Published:2016-07-15
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Causations of corporation unethical behaviors have become an important problem that puzzled managers and scholars in organization management. The mechanism of occurrence and development of unethical behavior has also received highly attentions in psychology. Moral disengagement theory may solve this problem. Employees and leadership are the two dimensions for research of situational factors as the impact on corporation unethical behaviors with moral disengagement theory. The key to the future researches in this field is to explore and carry out empirical tests about the effects of moral disengagement’s selective preference on unethical behaviors, as well as continuous discussion about the mechanisms between moral disengagement and unethical behavior at both levels of employees and organizational leader.

Key words: organizational context, moral disengagement, unethical behavior, employee, leader