Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies
Vol. 28(3) , September 2021, Page 177-190


The effect of other in-group members' organizational citizenship behavior on employees' organizational deviance: a moral licensing perspective
Nguyen Canh Minh

DOI: 10.1108/JABES-08-2020-0099
Abstract
Purpose The purpose of this study is to investigate the moral licensing effect of other in-group members' organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) on focal employees' organizational deviance through moral self-concept. This paper also examines the moderating role of in-group identification in the mediated relationship. Design/methodology/approach The multilevel path analysis and bootstrapping technique are employed to analyze the findings of a sample of 340 employees in 56 workgroups in Vietnam. Findings The results demonstrate that moral self-concept mediates the positive relationship between other in-group members' OCB and focal employees' organizational deviance. Furthermore, the findings indicate that in-group identification strengthens the indirect effect of other in-group members' OCB on focal employees' organizational deviance via moral self-concept. Practical implications The findings suggest that managers should be aware of the potential negative consequences of OCB and the drawbacks of in-group identification in group contexts. In addition, practitioners should proactively prevent other in-group members' OCB from resulting in employees' organizational deviance. Originality/value This is the first study to examine the moral licensing effect of OCB on organizational deviance through the moral self-concept mechanism and the moderating role of in-group identification in this mediated relationship.

Keywords
Moral licensing effect, Organizational citizenship behavior, Organizational deviance, In-group identification, Moral self-concept, Multilevel path analysis
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