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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.
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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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Leadership, religiousness, state ownership of an enterprise and unethical pro-organizational behavior: The mediating role of organizational identification
This study proposes a model in which organizational identification mediates the correlations among state-owned enterprises (SOEs), authentic leadership, Christian religiousness, and unethical pro-organizational behavior (UPB). The proposed theoretical framework is based on moral identity theory, social identity theory, and social exchange theory. We tested the hypothesized model using data (N = 389) from employees of various companies and industries in Poland. Of the respondents, 49.1% worked in SOEs. The reliability and validity of the measures were established. The correlation coefficients among the analyzed variables were obtained using the bootstrap confidence interval method. To thoroughly examine the causal relationships among the variables, covariance-based structural equation modeling (CB-SEM) was adopted. Path analysis was conducted and used to verify a model in which organizational identification mediated the correlations among state involvement in the ownership of an enterprise, authentic leadership, Christian religiousness, and UPB. State involvement in the ownership of an enterprise, authentic leadership, and Christian religiousness were linked to increased organizational identification, which in turn was linked to the intensification of UPB. With the level of organizational identification controlled, state ownership of an enterprise was linked to lower UPB intensity. Limitations, implications and future research directions are discussed.
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