Paternalistic Leadership and Ethical Judgement in Chinese Management Confucian and Collectivism Approaches

The International Association of Organizational Innovation
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of 2013 ICOI The international Conference of Organizational Innovation, 2013, pp. 1064 - 1078
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The study aims to explore the linkages between Confucian principles, collectivism and paternalistic leadership and ethical judgement in Chinese organizations. Literature review is applied to collect and collate prior research dealing with the topic and then conducts a critical review and analysis of the literature to develop research propositions. It is found that the paternalistic leadership style is underpinned by the Confucian principles and collectivism and that the paternalistic leaders are able to influence ethical judgment and decision making. The study also highlights that in spite of the numerous advantages associated with the paternalistic leadership style there are also several concerns associated with its utility in the modern day globalised and highly competitive business environment
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