Chinese people generally show flexibility in obeying formal rules and emphasize rules in terms of virtue. In such a cultural background, we explore the effects of ethical leadership and ethical idealism on employee pro-social rule-breaking behavior (PSRB). Our study incorporates individual traits and situational factors to present a holistic view of the antecedents of pro-social rule-breaking behavior. Our findings shed light on a new cognitive mechanism—perceived norms—of social cognitive theory and show the boundary condition—moral idealism—of social cognitive theory.
- DESCRIPTIVE NORMS
- Ethical leadership
- Idealism of ethical ideology
- Perceived pro-social rule-breaking norms
- Pro-social rule-breaking behavior
Zhu, J., Xu, S., Ouyang, K., Herst, D., & Farndale, E. (2018). Ethical leadership and employee pro-social rule-breaking behavior in China. Asian Business & Management, 17(1), 59-81. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41291-018-0031-0