Power, moral clarity and punishment severity: A moderated-mediation model

Muhammad Ali Asadullah, Ahmad Nabeel Siddiquei, Arshial Hussain, Ghulam Ali Arain

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The purpose of this paper is to determine the mediating role of “moral clarity” and the moderating role of “hypocrisy” in the relationship between sense of power and punishment severity.

The data were collected using purposive sampling from 250 government officials serving at a responsible and authoritative position in different public sector organizations operating in Pakistan.

The study has found a significant indirect effect of sense of power on punishment severity through moral clarity. This study has also found that this indirect effect is significant at higher levels of hypocrisy but insignificant at lower or moderate level of hypocrisy.

Practical implications
The study offers serious practical implications by highlighting the role of hypocrisy in powerful individuals’ moral judgements and their decisions to exercise power and administer punishments.

The study is the first to develop and test a mediated-moderation model of the relationship between sense of power, moral clarity, hypocrisy and punishment severity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-52
Number of pages15
JournalSouth Asian Journal of Business Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes


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