What is it about?

We show how the authentic leadership of supervisors and the religious beliefs of employees increase their identification with the organization. Then, organizational identification increases employees' involvement in unethical pro-organizational behavior. There are differences in the intensity of these phenomena in private companies and state owned companies.

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Why is it important?

It is important to see that positive phenomena such as authentic leadership can be counterproductive to ethics. Misunderstood organizational identification can lead to unethical behavior in the name of the company. The second finding is that there is no direct link between employees' religiosity and their involvement in unethical pro-organizational behavior.


This study inspired me to look for a leadership theory that would have a direct impact on reducing unethical pro-organizational behavior by employees.

dr. Tomasz Gigol
SGH Warsaw School of Economics

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This page is a summary of: Leadership, religiousness, state ownership of an enterprise and unethical pro-organizational behavior: The mediating role of organizational identification, PLoS ONE, May 2021, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0251465.
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