CEO Ethical Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility: A Moderated Mediation Model

Long Zeng Wu, Ho Kwong Kwan*, Frederick H K YIM, Randy K CHIU, Xiaogang He

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    This study examined the relationship between CEO ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility by focusing on the mediating role of organizational ethical culture and the moderating role of managerial discretion (i.e., CEO founder status and firm size). Based on a sample of 242 domestic Chinese firms, we found that CEO ethical leadership positively influences corporate social responsibility via organizational ethical culture. In addition, moderated path analysis indicated that CEO founder status strengthens while firm size weakens the direct effect of CEO ethical leadership on organizational ethical culture and its indirect effect on corporate social responsibility. Theoretical and managerial implications of these results are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)819-831
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Business Ethics
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Sept 2015

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Business and International Management
    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Law

    User-Defined Keywords

    • CEO Ethical Leadership
    • Corporate social responsibility
    • Managerial discretion
    • Organizational ethical culture


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