Zhang, Y, He, B, Huang, Q and Xie, J (2020) Effects of supervisor bottom-line mentality on subordinate unethical pro-organizational behavior. Journal of Managerial Psychology. ISSN 0268-3946

[thumbnail of JMP-11-2018-0492.final revision 0513.doc] Text
JMP-11-2018-0492.final revision 0513.doc - Accepted Version

Download (1MB)


Purpose This study aims to examine how supervisor bottom-line mentality (BLM) influences subordinate unethical pro-organizational behavior (UPB), considering the mediating role of subordinate moral disengagement and the moderating role of their power-distance orientation. Design/methodology/approach The theoretical model was tested using two-wave data collected from employees of five firms in southern China. Findings Subordinate moral disengagement was found to mediate the positive relationship between supervisor BLM and subordinate UPB. Furthermore, for subordinates with high power-distance orientation, the positive relationship between supervisor BLM and subordinate moral disengagement and the indirect positive relationship between supervisor BLM and subordinate UPB were both strengthened. Practical implications First, organizations should train their employees to pursue goals ethically based on established standards and policies for acceptable behavior and to punish UPB. Second, organizations should strengthen employees’ ethics and reduce their likelihood of moral disengagement. Finally, organizations should create an environment that allows subordinates to question their supervisors’ BLM. Originality/value First, the results demonstrate that supervisor BLM is an antecedent of subordinate UPB. Second, the study sheds important new light on how employees respond to supervisor BLM through cognitive processes. Third, it examines the moderating role of subordinate power-distance orientation between supervisor BLM, moral disengagement and UPB.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this article and all relevant information regarding copyrights can be found at; https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JMP-11-2018-0492/full/html
Uncontrolled Keywords: Supervisor bottom-line mentality, Moral disengagement, Unethical pro-organizational behavior, Power-distance orientation, Moderated mediation model
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5410 Marketing. Distribution of products
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Business School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 15:17
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 15:17
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/8468

Actions (login required)

View Item
View Item