Perception of Deviant Workplace Behaviour and Antecedents in Law Enforcement Agency in a Developing Country Context

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Malini Sathappan
Tek Yew Lew
Osaro Aigbogun


Deviant workplace behaviour (DWB) has drawn the attention of many scholars in various aspects such as definition, identifying causes and consequences. Studies has been conducted in various organizations. However not enough attention has been paid to law enforcement agencies. This study explores antecedents of DWB among law enforcement officers in Malaysia. A qualitative study was conducted among officers from different departments. They were recruited using a purposive sample technique and the data collected were analysed using thematic analysis. From the study it was found that 7 factors made up the antecedents of DWB among law enforcement officers in Malaysia. i.e lack of proper up-bringing and teaching, lack of financial support, high level of stress, lack of competence and integrity, work environment, cost of living and family issues. The practical implication of this study contributes towards reducing DWB will enhance employees’ commitment and performance. Besides that it also imperative for law enforcement officers to be effective and accountable at work. The findings of this study shall provide a comprehensive understanding on causes DWB.

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9th ASIA Internatational Confernece 2023

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