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Information Sciences Letters

Information Sciences Letters

Abstract

This paper aims to examine the nature of the relationship between Machiavellian leadership perception and employees’ opportunistic behaviors, with the moderating role of moral identity. The study was conducted over a two years period, in which, a simple random sample was used with 295 questionnaires distributed on the employees of different service industries in Bahrain. Descriptive analysis, Simple and multiple regressions were used to analyze the data and test the hypotheses. The main results of the study indicate that there is a significant positive effect for Machiavellian leadership perception on employees’ opportunistic behaviors. They also indicate significant negative effects for both Internalization Moral Identity and Symbolization Moral Identity on employees’ opportunistic behaviors. Furthermore, the results show a partially moderating role for Internalization Moral Identity on the relationship between Machiavellian leadership perception and employees’ opportunistic behaviors. They also confirm a fully moderating role for Symbolization Moral Identity on the relationship between Machiavellian leadership perception and employees’ opportunistic behaviors.

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