Negative affectivity and workplace deviance: The moderating role of ethical climate

Chien Cheng Chen, Yi-Ching Chen, Ying Chun Liu

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This study investigates (1) the relationship between employees' trait of negative affectivity (NA) and workplace deviance and (2) the moderating role of ethical climate in the above relationship. Data was collected from 310 employees in 40 Taiwanese companies, and hierarchical linear modeling was used to test the hypotheses. Results show that NA was positively related to workplace deviance. In addition, the rules climate weakened the relationship between NA and workplace deviance, and both the instrumental climate and the caring climate strengthened the relationship between NA and workplace deviance. Managerial implications and future research directions are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2894-2910
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sep 1



  • Taiwanese companies
  • ethical climate
  • hierarchical linear modeling (HLM)
  • negative affectivity
  • workplace deviance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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