• ISSN: 2010-023X
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    • DOI: 10.18178/IJTEF
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IJTEF 2010 Vol.1(2): 155-159 ISSN: 2010-023X
DOI: 10.7763/IJTEF.2010.V1.28

The Impact of Cynicism on Ethical Intentions of Indian Managers: The Moderating Role of Their Level Of management

Priya Nair and T J Kamalanabhan
Abstract—A vignette study was undertaken to examine if cynical attitudes predicted unethical intentions among Indian managers when faced with a range of ethical dilemmas. Cynicism—the belief that others are engaging in unethical acts or that unethical behavior is common or normal—has been found to predict unethical intentions. The study is an empirical evidence of the hypothesis that general and organizational cynicism influence ethical intentions. Hierarchical regression analysis on a sample of 199 Indian managers from different organizations provides strong evidence for the assumption of this study, i.e., the moderating role of level of management between organizational cynicism and ethical intentions. A three-way interaction effect was found, whereby managers working at middle and senior level management positions at higher levels of organizational cynicism were less unethical than managers at the junior management positions.

Index Terms—general cynicism, organizational cynicism, Indian managers, ethical intentions, level of management.

Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras.

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Cite:Priya Nair and T J Kamalanabhan, "The Impact of Cynicism on Ethical Intentions of Indian Managers: The Moderating Role of Their Level Of management," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.1, no.2, pp. 155-159, 2010.

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