A Social context model of envy and social undermining

Michelle K. Duffy, Kristin L. Scott, Jason DeFrance Shaw, Bennett J. Tepper, Karl Aquino

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We integrate moral disengagement, social identification, and social norms theories to develop, test, and replicate a model that explains how and when envy is associated with social undermining. In Study 1, a two-wave study of hospital employees, results support the prediction that the mediated effect of envy on social undermining behavior through moral disengagement is stronger when employees have low social identification with coworkers. Study 2, a four-wave, multilevel study of student teams, shows that the indirect effect of envy on social undermining through moral disengagement is stronger in teams with low team identification and high team undermining norms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-666
Number of pages24
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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