Look up, look around: is there anything different about team-level OCB in China?
Mo, S., Wang, Z., Booth, S. A. and Akrivou, K. (2012) Look up, look around: is there anything different about team-level OCB in China? Journal of Management and Organization, 18 (6). pp. 833-844. ISSN 1833-3672
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To link to this article DOI: 10.5172/jmo.2012.18.6.818
Ethical leadership has been widely identified as the key variable in enhancing team-level organizational citizenship behavior (team-level OCB) in western economic and business contexts. This is challenged by empirical evidence in China and findings of this study. Our study examined the relationship between ethical leadership, organizational ethical context (ethical culture and corporate ethical values) and team-level OCB. Team-level data has been collected from 57 functional teams in 57 firms operating in China. The findings suggest that although ethical leadership is positively associated with team-level OCB, ethical context positively moderates the relationship between ethical leadership and team-level OCB. The higher ethical context is found to be, the greater is the (positive) effects of ethical leadership on team-level OCB and the opposite holds true when ethical context is low. Key implications are discussed on the role of contextual ethics for team level OCB, while managerial implications include how non-Chinese firms could improve team-level OCB in the Chinese business context.