Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 119, Issue 2, pp 235–244

Negative Affect and Counterproductive Workplace Behavior: The Moderating Role of Moral Disengagement and Gender

  • Al-Karim Samnani
  • Sabrina Deutsch Salamon
  • Parbudyal Singh

DOI: 10.1007/s10551-013-1635-0

Cite this article as:
Samnani, AK., Salamon, S.D. & Singh, P. J Bus Ethics (2014) 119: 235. doi:10.1007/s10551-013-1635-0


There has been growing scholarly interest in understanding individual-level antecedents of counterproductive workplace behavior (CWB). While researchers have found a positive relationship between individuals’ negative affect and engagement in CWB, to date, our understanding of the factors which may affect this relationship is limited. In this study, we investigate the moderating roles of moral disengagement and gender in this relationship. Consistent with our hypotheses, we found that individuals with a greater tendency to experience negative emotions were more likely to engage in CWB when they had a higher propensity to morally disengage. Moreover, we found that this interacting relationship varied across men and women. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of our findings and offer avenues for future research.


Counterproductive workplace behaviorsMoral disengagementGenderDeviance

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Al-Karim Samnani
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sabrina Deutsch Salamon
    • 3
  • Parbudyal Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Human Resource ManagementYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Odette School of BusinessUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada
  3. 3.School of Administrative StudiesYork UniversityTorontoCanada