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Should I do this? Incongruence in the face of conflicting moral and role expectations

Shukla, Jigyashu, Stein, Christopher, Bush, John T. and Janardhanan, Niranjan S. ORCID: 0000-0002-0410-5884 (2024) Should I do this? Incongruence in the face of conflicting moral and role expectations. Human Resource Management Review, 34 (2). ISSN 1053-4822

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.hrmr.2023.101010


Moral incongruence—a misalignment between professional role expectations and personal moral values—is an important phenomenon in modern organizations. Though scholarly work has provided us with insights into broad forms of role incongruence, much less is known about the distinct characteristics of moral incongruence. Moreover, we lack understanding of how moral incongruence may shape employee attitudes and behaviors. Drawing on deonance theory and socio-cognitive theory, we develop a model explaining the role of moral incongruence in promoting employee prohibitive voice, withdrawal, and unethical role behavior through the mechanisms of moral outrage and moral disengagement. Examining potential boundary conditions, we also consider the roles of moral identity, self-interest, moral intensity, unethical climate, ethical leadership, and organizational identification. Given the ethical implications of moral incongruence and the significance of the phenomenon for organizations, this work has implications for both theory and practice.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2023 Published by Elsevier Inc.
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2024 08:21
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 01:06

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