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

Jinqiang Zhu, Shiyong Xu, Kan Ouyang, David Herst, Elaine Farndale

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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 (US)
Pages (from-to)59-81
Number of pages23
JournalAsian Business and Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Strategy and Management


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