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, 59-81
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)
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