Wage cuts and managers' empathy: How a positive emotion can contribute to positive organizational ethics in difficult times

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Title
Wage cuts and managers' empathy: How a positive emotion can contribute to positive organizational ethics in difficult times
Journal
Journal of Business Ethics
Author(s)
Dietz J., Kleinlogel E. P.
ISSN
0167-4544
Publication state
Published
Issued date
02/2014
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
119
Number
4
Pages
461-472
Language
english
Abstract
Using the lens of positive organizational ethics, we theorized that empathy affects decisions in ethical dilemmas that concern the well-being of not only the organization but also other stakeholders. We hypothesized and found that empathetic managers were less likely to comply with requests by an authority figure to cut the wages of their employees than were non-empathetic managers. However, when an authority figure requested to hold wages constant, empathy did not affect wage cut decisions. These findings imply that empathy can serve as a safeguard for ethical decision making in organizations during trying times without generally undermining organizational effectiveness. We conclude by discussing the implications of our research.
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