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The impact of ethical leadership on organizational citizenship behavior: The moderating role of workplace ostracism

qi Yang (Gansu Institute of Political Science and Law, Gansu, China)
hua Wei (Gansu Institute of Political Science and Law, Gansu, China)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 24 November 2017

Issue publication date: 23 February 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to clarify the relationship between ethical leadership and employee organizational citizenship behavior (OCB), specifically the mechanisms through which ethical leadership impacts employee OCB, and the moderating role of workplace ostracism.

Design/methodology/approach

The study used the survey-based dyad data collected from middle management team members and their immediate subordinates in Chinese companies. Multiple regression analysis was used to test the research hypothesis.

Findings

The empirical findings indicate that ethical leadership positively influences employee OCB. Organizational commitment mediates the relationship between ethical leadership and employee OCB. Furthermore, the effect of ethical leadership on employee OCB directly and indirectly (via organizational commitment) is moderated by workplace ostracism.

Originality/value

This paper adds to knowledge about the relationship between ethical leadership and employee OCB and contributes to better understand workplace ostracism.

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Citation

Yang, q. and Wei, h. (2018), "The impact of ethical leadership on organizational citizenship behavior: The moderating role of workplace ostracism", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 39 No. 1, pp. 100-113. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-12-2016-0313

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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