Department of Management
CEO ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility: A moderated mediation model
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.
CEO Ethical Leadership, Corporate social responsibility, Managerial discretion, Organizational ethical culture
Source Publication Title
Journal of Business Ethics
This work was sponsored by the Shanghai Pujiang Program (13PJC053), the National Natural Science Fund of China (71202001), Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (NCET-13-0892), and the “Chen Guang” project (Grant 12CG44) supported by Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and Shanghai Education Development Foundation.
Link to Publisher's Edition
Wu, L., Kwan, H., Yim, F., Chiu, R., & He, X. (2014). CEO ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility: A moderated mediation model. Journal of Business Ethics, 130 (4), 819-831. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-014-2108-9