Ethical leadership and employee pro-social rule-breaking behavior in China

Jinqiang Zhu, Shiyong Xu, Kan Ouyang, David Herst, E. Farndale

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Abstract

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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages59-81
JournalAsian Business & Management
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

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Zhu, Jinqiang ; Xu, Shiyong ; Ouyang, Kan ; Herst, David ; Farndale, E./ Ethical leadership and employee pro-social rule-breaking behavior in China. In: Asian Business & Management. 2018 ; Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 59-81
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Ethical leadership and employee pro-social rule-breaking behavior in China. / Zhu, Jinqiang; Xu, Shiyong; Ouyang, Kan; Herst, David; Farndale, E.

In: Asian Business & Management, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2018, p. 59-81.

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