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Ethical leadership and sustainability of agro-allied firms: moderating role of environmental dynamism

Ida Austin Ogaga (Department of Management, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria)
Charity A. Ezenwakwelu (Department of Management, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria)
Ejikeme Emmanuel Isichei (Department of Business Administration, Federal University Wukari, Wukari, Nigeria)
Taiwo Samuel Olabosinde (Department of Business Administration, Federal University Wukari, Wukari, Nigeria)

International Journal of Ethics and Systems

ISSN: 2514-9369

Article publication date: 8 April 2022

Issue publication date: 5 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to account for the direct effect of ethical leadership on the sustainability of agro-allied firms and the moderating effect of environmental dynamism on ethical leadership–organisational sustainability relation.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 215 managers participated in the survey, which covered agro-allied firms from the 6 geo-political zones of the country, Nigeria. Partial least square structural equation model was conducted with the aid of SmartPLSv3.

Findings

The result confirms that ethical leadership positively affects the sustainability of firms in the agro-allied sector and also supports that environmental dynamism strengthens the relation between ethical leadership and sustainability of firms.

Originality/value

The study advances ethical leadership literature through a nuanced examination of its relevance in the agricultural sector, while also validating the integrative social contract theory as a theoretical lens used in exploring the relationship. The specific focus on “ethical” leadership and a specific sector of the economy – agro allied firms is a new ground by not just looking at leadership but the ethical consideration part in relation to a specific industry where competition is a key driver to management/leadership performance.

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Acknowledgements

The authors appreciate the independent reviewers for their contribution and suggestions.

Citation

Ogaga, I.A., Ezenwakwelu, C.A., Isichei, E.E. and Olabosinde, T.S. (2023), "Ethical leadership and sustainability of agro-allied firms: moderating role of environmental dynamism", International Journal of Ethics and Systems, Vol. 39 No. 1, pp. 36-53. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOES-12-2021-0226

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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