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Unethical leadership behaviour in Algerian public organizations: unravelling social and organizational factors

Unethical leadership behaviour in Algerian public organizations: unravelling social and... Unethical leadership represents one of the most serious obstacles to the development of organizations and societies. Although a range of empirical studies have investigated unethical leadership behaviour in different contexts, studies on this issue are almost non-existent within the Algerian context. This study aims to explore the role of social and organizational factors in shaping unethical leadership behaviour within Algerian public organizations.Design/methodology/approachA series of in-depth interviews were conducted with 15 leaders from public organizations. The collected data were analysed using a thematic approach with ATLAS.ti 8 software.FindingsThe reported social and organizational factors fall into five themes: social values, organizational culture, corruption, peer influence and political environment.Originality/valueGiven the grave consequences of unethical leadership behaviour, this study contributes to our understanding of the role of social and organizational factors in shaping unethical leadership behaviour in an understudied context. This can help in mitigating the factors that lay the ground for these destructive and unethical behaviours in public organizations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Ethics and Systems Emerald Publishing

Unethical leadership behaviour in Algerian public organizations: unravelling social and organizational factors

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2514-9369
eISSN
2514-9369
DOI
10.1108/ijoes-02-2022-0049
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Abstract

Unethical leadership represents one of the most serious obstacles to the development of organizations and societies. Although a range of empirical studies have investigated unethical leadership behaviour in different contexts, studies on this issue are almost non-existent within the Algerian context. This study aims to explore the role of social and organizational factors in shaping unethical leadership behaviour within Algerian public organizations.Design/methodology/approachA series of in-depth interviews were conducted with 15 leaders from public organizations. The collected data were analysed using a thematic approach with ATLAS.ti 8 software.FindingsThe reported social and organizational factors fall into five themes: social values, organizational culture, corruption, peer influence and political environment.Originality/valueGiven the grave consequences of unethical leadership behaviour, this study contributes to our understanding of the role of social and organizational factors in shaping unethical leadership behaviour in an understudied context. This can help in mitigating the factors that lay the ground for these destructive and unethical behaviours in public organizations.

Journal

International Journal of Ethics and SystemsEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 31, 2023

Keywords: Leadership; Unethical leadership; Unethical behaviour; Public organizations; Algeria

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