Principal investigator:

  • Mari Huhtala, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychology, University




Aims of the research:

Despite the importance of understanding and preventing unethical behavior at work, there are still significant gaps in our knowledge of how the moral self and moral motivation operate in organizational contexts. This research conceptualizes and empirically tests a new concept of moral work identity as a part of the moral self, which includes personal moral values and the degree of self-awareness about them. Using a mixed method study design that combines qualitative interviews and longitudinal questionnaire-based datasets, it will investigate both the individual and organizational antecedents of moral work identity development among employees and managers.

The use and application of the results: 

The results will bring more understanding about the associations between individual moral traits, work-related ethical demands, and moral behavior, and their individual differences. The results are applicable in preventing unethical behavior and supporting personal moral agency at both the individual and organizational levels.

Duration of the project: 1.9.2016 – 31.8.2019

Funding: The Academy of Finland (294428)