Date of Award

Summer 8-15-2018

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

Business Administration

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



This dissertation explores morality in organizations through three distinct research projects. In Chapter 1, I begin to examine a century of business ethics research conducted across business functions in order to bridge the silos of research and teaching that have evolved over time. Preliminary findings suggest that the field of management has produced comparatively more business ethics research than other functions, and that marketing and accounting have examined the ethical implications of their professional responsibilities. Chapter 2 examines the effect of meaning at work on unethical behavior. Through three studies, I find evidence to suggest that individuals with a stronger calling orientation and weaker job and career orientations may engage in more ethical decision-making. Chapter 3 explores the relationship between the way individuals view God and their expectations for leadership, seeking to determine whether God acts as a leader exemplar. I find some evidence to suggest that individuals who believe in a benevolent God are more likely than those who believe in a judgmental God to endorse more relational leadership attributes to ideal leaders. Through three diverse projects, this dissertation contributes to knowledge on morality in organizations.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Hillary Anger Elfenbein

Committee Members

William P. Bottom, Ashley Hardin, Rachel Ruttan, Rebecca Reczek,


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