The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to explore how employees working in a non-profit social services organization perceive how supervisor ethical standards influence employee moral disengagement in central Arizona. There is a need to explore how supervisor ethical standards keep employees from morally disengaging and how these standards influence employees to engage in ethical practices. Two research questions regarding how employees in a non-profit social services organization perceive the influence of supervisor ethical standards on employee moral disengagement and engagement in ethical practices in central Arizona guided the study. Social cognitive theory and leader-member exchange (LMX) theory were used as the theoretical frameworks for this study. Purposive sampling was used to recruit twelve adult participants working in a Head Start program, which were comprised of nine teachers; one assistant director; one education coordinator and one mentor coach. The researcher collected data from three different sources: individual interviews; a focus group and available archival data. A thematic analysis approach was used. Six themes were identified as findings to answer the research questions, which included: expectations, child safety policies, respect, professionalism, integrity and communication. The study revealed that the sample participants perceived their supervisors to be ethical leaders who role-model accountability, fairness, integrity, respect and communication, which has led them to avoid moral disengagement and engage in ethical practices.
|Commitee:||Anderson, Shawn, White-Goyzueta, Karen|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Doctoral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Occupational psychology, Labor relations|
|Keywords:||Ethical leadership, Moral disengagement, Ethical practicals, Head Start|
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