Rowan University Faculty Research Day 2023
Drawing from the appraisal theory of emotion and self-conscious emotions literature, this study proposes a reparatory model of ethical silence at work. We posit that when employees maintain silence on ethical issues, they experience feelings of guilt. This guilt, in turn, propels them to engage in ethical performance as reparatory behaviors. Results from a multisource, three-wave field study supported these hypotheses. Overall, this research contributes to silence literature and provides insights into how and when ethical silence may, paradoxically, facilitate more ethical performance later on.
Qu, Yuanmei; Babalola, Mayowa; Ali, Mozzam; Harrison, Jennifer; and Usman, Muhammad, "A Reparatory Model of Ethical Silence" (2023). Rohrer College of Business Faculty Scholarship. 72.
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