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Leader psychopathy and organizational deviance: The mediating role of psychological safety and the moderating role of moral disengagement

Hakan Erkutlu (Department of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Nevsehir University, Nevsehir, Turkey)
Jamel Chafra (School of Applied Technology and Management, Bilkent Universitesi, Ankara, Turkey)

International Journal of Workplace Health Management

ISSN: 1753-8351

Article publication date: 8 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the relationship between leader psychopathy and organizational deviance. In particular, the authors introduce employee’s psychological safety as the mediator. Furthermore, the moderating role of moral disengagement in the relationship between leader psychopathy and organizational deviance is also considered.

Design/methodology/approach

The data of this study include 611 certified nurses from 9 university hospitals in Turkey. The proposed model was tested by using hierarchical multiple regression analysis.

Findings

The results of this study supported the positive effect of leader psychopathy on organizational deviance along with the mediating effect of employee’s psychological safety. Furthermore, when the level of moral disengagement is low, the relationship between leader psychopathy and organizational deviance is weak, whereas the effect is strong when the level of moral disengagement is high.

Practical implications

The findings of the study recommend that administrators in the healthcare industry ought to be sensitive in treating their subordinates, since it will result in positive organizational relationship, which, subsequently, will certainly reduce organizational deviance. Furthermore, they have to pay more focus on the buffering role of moral disengagement for all those subordinates with high distrust and displaying organizational deviance.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to the literature about workplace deviance by uncovering the relational mechanism between leader psychopathy and employee organizational deviance. Furthermore, it includes practical assistance to healthcare employees and their leaders interested in building trust, increasing leader–employee relationship and reducing organizational deviance.

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Citation

Erkutlu, H. and Chafra, J. (2019), "Leader psychopathy and organizational deviance: The mediating role of psychological safety and the moderating role of moral disengagement", International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 197-213. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWHM-12-2018-0154

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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