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The Antecedents of Moral Imagination in the Workplace: A Social Cognitive Theory Perspective

  • Brian Whitaker


  • Lindsey Godwin
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    As corporate scandals proliferate, organizational researchers and practitioners have made calls for research providing guidance for those wishing to influence positive moral decision-making and behavior in the workplace. This study incorporates social cognitive theory and a vignette-based cognitive measure for moral imagination to examine (a) moral attentiveness and employee creativity as important antecedents of moral imagination and (b) creativity as a moderator of the positive relationship between moral attentiveness and moral imagination. Based on the results from supervisor–subordinate dyadic data (N = 162) obtained from employed students, hypotheses were largely supported as expected. Implications are discussed. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Business Ethics.

    Volume (Year): 114 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 (April)
    Pages: 61-73

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:114:y:2013:i:1:p:61-73
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