Electronic Ethical Leadership: A Preliminary Research Framework
Abstract: Business failures are often overshadowed by unethical communications in leadership. Hence ethical leadership, referring to appropriate conduct through personal actions and interpersonal relationships through communication, is an important research topic. Business communication increasingly migrates to the use of technologies today; however, there lacks research addressing how technology impacts ethical leadership,
or electronic ethical leadership. Without such an understanding, we are left with the risks involved with using technology for leadership communication when unethical transgressions have seriously impacted technology-using businesses. This preliminary study remedies this gap by examining the relevant factors governing the development of ethical leadership, and investigates related characteristics of technology that will interact with such a process. Results provides a framework that will help future scholarly efforts in electronic ethical leadership.
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Authors: Michael Y. Chuang