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Perceived deviance tolerance

Perceived deviance tolerance Based on the emerging stream of research in moral psychology and behavioral ethics which shows that accessibility of moral constructs influences ethical decisions, judgments, and behaviors, perceived deviance tolerance (PDT) is defined as “leaders’ tolerance of deviance perceived by employees.” The purpose of this paper is to propose and empirically test a theoretical model that explains how and why PDT influences employees’ moral psychology and behaviors in interpersonal contexts.Design/methodology/approachThe study takes 298 leaders and 429 employees from 16 large Chinese enterprises as samples.FindingsResults across two studies provide consistent support for the proposed model and advance our understanding about how employees’ perception of leaders’ deviance tolerance influences their negative and positive behaviors.Originality/valueThus, findings of this research contribute to knowledge on the interpersonal effects of cognition in employees’ behaviors and enrich the application of social control theory. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Management Decision Emerald Publishing

Perceived deviance tolerance

Management Decision , Volume 56 (9): 20 – Sep 10, 2018

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0025-1747
DOI
10.1108/md-09-2017-0860
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Abstract

Based on the emerging stream of research in moral psychology and behavioral ethics which shows that accessibility of moral constructs influences ethical decisions, judgments, and behaviors, perceived deviance tolerance (PDT) is defined as “leaders’ tolerance of deviance perceived by employees.” The purpose of this paper is to propose and empirically test a theoretical model that explains how and why PDT influences employees’ moral psychology and behaviors in interpersonal contexts.Design/methodology/approachThe study takes 298 leaders and 429 employees from 16 large Chinese enterprises as samples.FindingsResults across two studies provide consistent support for the proposed model and advance our understanding about how employees’ perception of leaders’ deviance tolerance influences their negative and positive behaviors.Originality/valueThus, findings of this research contribute to knowledge on the interpersonal effects of cognition in employees’ behaviors and enrich the application of social control theory.

Journal

Management DecisionEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 10, 2018

Keywords: Moral disengagement; Workplace deviance; Moral identity; Employees’ behaviours; Perceived deviance tolerance

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