Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-22-2017

Publication Title

Journal of Business Ethics

First page number:

1

Last page number:

13

Abstract

Transparency is an underpinning of workplace ethics. However, most of the existing research has focused on the relationship between leader transparency and its consequences. Drawing on social and self-regulation theory research, we examine the antecedents of followers’ transparency. Specifically, we propose that followers have higher levels of transparency when they are working with peers who have a high level of transparency. We further suggest that followers’ conscientiousness and agreeableness moderate the relationship between peer transparency and followers’ transparency. Using a time-lagged design, we provide support for the proposed theoretical model. We found that follower conscientiousness substitutes the social regulation effect (embodied in the relationship between peer and follower transparency), while follower agreeableness enhances this social regulation effect. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings are also discussed. © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht

Keywords

Transparency; Peer pressure; Conscientiousness; Agreeableness; Ethical behaviors

Disciplines

Hospitality Administration and Management | Organizational Behavior and Theory

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Language

english

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