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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02403

Ethical Leadership and Knowledge Hiding: A Moderated Mediation Model of Relational Social Capital, and Instrumental Thinking

  • 1Business School, Hohai University, China
  • 2COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus, Pakistan
  • 3COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan

We examined the direct and indirect (via relational social capital) relationship between ethical leadership and knowledge hiding. We also tested the moderating role of instrumental thinking in the relationship between ethical leadership and knowledge hiding and the relationship between ethical leadership and relational social capital. Data were collected from 245 employees in different firms spanning different manufacturing and service sectors. The results showed that ethical leadership was negatively related to knowledge hiding, both directly and via relational social capital. The results revealed that instrumental thinking moderated the positive relationship between ethical leadership and relational social capital, such that the relationship was weak when instrumental thinking was high. The results also showed that instrumental thinking moderated both direct and indirect relationships between ethical leadership and knowledge hiding, such that the relationships were weak when instrumental thinking was high. The study carries important practical implications for managers concerned about the destructive consequences of knowledge hiding.

Keywords: Ethical Leadership, Relational capital, Knowledge hiding, Instrumental thinking, moderated mediation

Received: 08 Aug 2019; Accepted: 08 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Abdullah, Dechun, Ali and Usman. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Muhammad Usman, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, hmusman10@yahoo.com