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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-81
JournalAsian Business & Management
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • CLIMATE
  • CONSEQUENCES
  • China
  • DEONTOLOGY
  • DESCRIPTIVE NORMS
  • Ethical leadership
  • INTENTIONS
  • Idealism of ethical ideology
  • ORGANIZATIONS
  • PERCEPTIONS
  • PERSONALITY
  • Perceived pro-social rule-breaking norms
  • Pro-social rule-breaking behavior
  • REASONS
  • WORKPLACE

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