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Ethical Leadership, Organic Organizational Cultures and Corporate Social Responsibility: An Empirical Study in Social Enterprises

Palvi Pasricha (), Bindu Singh () and Pratibha Verma ()
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Palvi Pasricha: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Bindu Singh: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Pratibha Verma: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)

Journal of Business Ethics, 2018, vol. 151, issue 4, 941-958

Abstract: Abstract While recent studies have increasingly suggested leadership as a major precursor to corporate social responsibility (CSR), empirical studies that examine the impact of various leader aspects such as style and ethics on CSR and unravel the mechanism through which leadership exerts its influence on CSR are scant. Ironically, paucity of research on this theme is more prevalent in the sphere of social enterprises where it is of utmost importance. With the aim of addressing these gaps, this research empirically examines the interaction between ethical leadership and CSR and, in addition, investigates organic organizational cultures (clan culture and adhocracy culture) as mediators in the above interaction. To this end, a model was developed and tested on the sample of 350 middle- and top-level managers associated with 28 Indian healthcare social enterprises, using Structural Equation Modeling Analysis, Bootstrapping and PROCESS. Results reveal that ethical leadership both directly and indirectly influences CSR practices. The indirect influence of ethical leadership involves nurturing clan and adhocracy cultures, which in turn influence CSR. These findings are significant for social enterprise leaders seeking to encourage their organizations’ socially responsible behavior.

Keywords: Leadership; CSR; Organic organizational culture; Clan culture; Adhocracy culture; Social enterprise (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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