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06-12-2023 | Original Paper

Does Workplace Spirituality Promote Ethical Voice: Examining the Mediating Effect of Psychological Ownership and Moderating Influence of Moral Identity

This study examines if, how, and when workplace spirituality promotes employee ethical voice. Specifically, it tests a mediated moderation model with psychological ownership as a mediator of the relationship between workplace spirituality and …

Richa Chaudhary, Anupriya Singh, Shalini Srivastava

Open Access 05-12-2023 | Original Paper

Exercising the “Right to Repair”: A Customer’s Perspective

Concerns over the carbon footprint resulting from the manufacturing, usage and disposal of hardware have been growing. The right-to-repair legislation was introduced to promote sustainable utilisation of hardware by encouraging stakeholders to …

Davit Marikyan, Savvas Papagiannidis

04-12-2023 | Original Paper

Under Pressure: LMX Drives Employee Unethical Pro-organizational Behavior via Threat Appraisals

Drawing on the transactional model of stress and leader-member exchange (LMX) theory, we examine the role of performance pressure in relation to unethical pro-organizational behavior (UPB). We propose that (1) employee perceived performance …

Chen Tang, Ying Chen, Wu Wei, Daniel A. Newman

04-12-2023 | Original Paper

Organizational Top Dog (vs. Underdog) Narratives Increase the Punishment of Corporate Moral Transgressions: When Dominance is a Liability and Prestige is an Asset

Although company narratives frequently emphasize impressive sales numbers and market leadership, such an organizational “top dog” narrative can backfire when companies are accused of engaging in unethical conduct. This research demonstrates …

Anika Schumacher, Robert Mai

Open Access 04-12-2023 | Original Paper

Rightsholder-Driven Remedy for Business-Related Human Rights Abuse: Case of the Fair Food Program

This paper investigates necessary conditions for developing a participatory, rightsholder-driven approach to remedy for business-related human rights abuses by analyzing findings from a case study with the Fair Food Program. With the inclusion of …

Alysha Kate Shivji

30-11-2023 | Original Paper

Does Confucianism Prompt Firms to Participate in Poverty Alleviation Campaigns?

This study examines the influence of Confucianism on corporate poverty alleviation (PA) participation. We argue that firms in regions with more Confucian temples are more likely to participate in government-initiated PA programs because …

Min Huang, Xiaobo Li, Jun Xia, Mengyao Li

Open Access 30-11-2023 | Commentary

Holding Retail Corporations Accountable for Food Waste: A Due Diligence Framework Informed by Business and Human Rights Principles

Retail corporations orchestrate much of what happens in today’s food supply chains. From setting sky-high cosmetic standards for fresh produce to bundling off close-to-expiry products at discounted prices, retail’s contribution to food waste often …

Madhura Rao, Nadia Bernaz, Alie de Boer

Open Access 29-11-2023 | Original Paper

Revitalizing Urban Places: How Prosocial Organizations Acquire Saliency in the Eyes of Resisting Stakeholders

Prosocial organizations represent key actors in the quest to promote positive change, foster social impact, and revitalize cities. Notwithstanding their importance in tackling the increasing challenges threatening our society (e.g., pollution …

Francesca Capo, Antonino Vaccaro, Pascual Berrone

Open Access 29-11-2023 | Original Paper

Ethics of Care Leadership, Racial Inclusion, and Economic Health in the Cities: Is There a Female Leadership Advantage?

Growing evidence suggests the presence of a female leadership advantage (FLA), such that women leaders tend to be associated with more effective outcomes in uncertain conditions. However, mechanisms linking women's leadership to effective outcomes …

Kayla Stajkovic, Alexander D. Stajkovic

29-11-2023 | Commentary

Beyond Rupture, Interstice and Reform: Searching for Nuance in the Portrayal of Engagement for Social and Ecological Transition

This commentary responds to the following article previously published on the Journal and Business Ethics: ‘Baudoin, L., Arenas, D. “Everyone Has a Truth”: Forms of Ecological Embeddedness in an Interorganizational Context. J Bus Ethics 185 …

Luigi Russi, Cécile Renouard, Nathanaël Wallenhorst

Open Access 28-11-2023 | Original Paper

Totally Administered Heteronomy: Adorno on Work, Leisure, and Politics in the Age of Digital Capitalism

This paper aims to demonstrate the contemporary relevance of Adorno’s thought for business ethicists working in the critical tradition by showing how his critique of modern social life anticipated, and offers continuing illumination of, recent …

Craig Reeves, Matthew Sinnicks

28-11-2023 | Original Paper

How Envy Encourages Beliefs in Unethical Consumer Behaviour: The Role of Religiosity and Moral Awareness

The literature on ethics currently recommends more research on the emotional underpinnings of ethical decision-making. The current study takes up the challenge, addressing this research gap by theorising and empirically testing, through four …

Rajat Roy, Anirban Som, Vik Naidoo, Fazlul K. Rabbanee

27-11-2023 | Original Paper

When and How Knowledge Hiding Motivates Perpetrators' Organizational Citizenship Behavior

Research on knowledge hiding has largely focused on its antecedents while overlooking its consequences. Drawing on moral cleansing theory, we adopt a “perpetrator-centric view” and posit that employees who engage in playing dumb and evasive …

Wei Pan, Egan Lua, Zaoli Yang, Yi Su

24-11-2023 | Original Paper

Fostering Urban Inclusive Green Growth: Does Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Matter?

Urban inclusive green growth (UIGG) refers to the synergetic enhancement of the economy, the environment, and the society in a city. Achieving such enhancement requires addressing a series of problems in the development of urbanization, such as …

Haitao Wu, Shiyue Luo, Suixin Li, Yan Xue, Yu Hao

22-11-2023 | Original Paper

To Conform or Not to Conform? The Role of Social Status and Firm Corporate Social Responsibility

Whether firms in transition economies undertake corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an important research topic in business ethics. Applying the middle-status conformity perspective, this study uses listed companies in the transition economy …

Yingzhao Xiao, Liuyang Xue, David Ahlstrom, Chundong Zheng, Xiling Hao

Open Access 20-11-2023 | Original Paper

How Culture Displaced Structural Reform: Problem Definition, Marketization, and Neoliberal Myths in Bank Regulation

We use content analysis to show that the diagnosis of the financial crisis of 2007–2009 shifted significantly from a focus on the need for structural change in the banking industry to an emphasis on culture and reform at the organizational level.

Anette Mikes, Michael Power

08-11-2023 | Original Paper

The Ripple Effect: When Leader Self-Group Distancing Responses Affect Subordinate Career Trajectories

As women advance into leadership roles, the gender discrimination they face is a pressing issue that demands attention from a business ethics perspective. This paper considers the downstream consequences of such gender discrimination on their …

Hannah Kremer, Isabel Villamor, Margaret Ormiston

Open Access 06-11-2023 | Original Paper

Shhh… Do Gender-Diverse Boards Prioritize Product Market Concerns Over Capital Market Incentives?

We examine whether gender-diverse boards prioritize product market concerns over capital market incentives when proprietary costs are high. We argue that gender-diverse boards protect their firm’s competitive edge and maximize long-term …

Dharmendra Naidu, Kumari Ranjeeni

06-11-2023 | Original Paper

Striking the Right Notes: Long- and Short-Term Financial Impacts of Musicians’ Charity Advocacy Versus Other Signaling Types

By using multilevel mediation involving 322,589 posts made by 384 musicians over 104 weeks, we simultaneously analyze the short-term and long-term effects of charity-related signaling on sales, with social media engagement as the mediator.

Chau Minh Nguyen, Marcelo Vinhal Nepomuceno, Yany Grégoire, Renaud Legoux

01-11-2023 | Original Paper

Microaggressions in the Accounting Academy: The Black Experience

Black Americans are underrepresented members of the US accounting academy (Brown-Liburd and Joe 2020). By interviewing Black accounting faculty about their experiences during their doctoral education and institutional hiring and promotion …

Phebian L. Davis, Denise Dickins, Julia L. Higgs, Joseph Reid