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

Jinqiang Zhu (), Shiyong Xu (), Kan Ouyang (), David Herst () and Elaine Farndale ()
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Jinqiang Zhu: Minzu University of China
Shiyong Xu: Renmin University of China
Kan Ouyang: Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
David Herst: Florida Atlantic University
Elaine Farndale: Pennsylvania State University

Asian Business & Management, 2018, vol. 17, issue 1, No 4, 59-81

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: Ethical leadership; Pro-social rule-breaking behavior; Perceived pro-social rule-breaking norms; Idealism of ethical ideology; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1057/s41291-018-0031-0

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