Moral disengagement through displacement of responsibility: the role of leadership beliefs

Hinrichs, Kim T., Wang, Lei, Hinrichs, Andrew T., and Romero, Eric J. (2012) Moral disengagement through displacement of responsibility: the role of leadership beliefs. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42 (1). pp. 62-80.

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Abstract

The present study examined the relationship between a person's leadership beliefs and the propensity to justify his or her unethical behavior by shifting responsibility to those people in leadership positions who ordered or condoned the behavior. Theoretical support for this relationship comes from the moral disengagement branch of social cognitive theory, which proposes that one cognitive mechanism people employ to justify unethical behavior involves displacing responsibility for their action onto someone else (Bandura, 1999b). The study's results revealed that leadership self-efficacy, affective and noncalculative motivation to lead, and shared orientation toward leadership were related to moral disengagement through the displacement of responsibility.

Item ID: 24678
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1559-1816
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2013 23:38
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 30%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 70%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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