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Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 113, Issue 1, pp 91-103

Confucian and Taoist Work Values: An Exploratory Study of the Chinese Transformational Leadership Behavior

  • Liang-Hung LinAffiliated withDepartment of International Business, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences Email author 
  • , Yu-Ling HoAffiliated withGeneral Education Center, National Taitung Junior College
  • , Wei-Hsin Eugenia LinAffiliated withDepartment of International Business, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences

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Abstract

When it comes to Chinese transformational leadership behavior, the focus seems to be Confucian work value; nonetheless, it represents only one of the Chinese traditions. In order to have a better understanding the relationship between Chinese traditional values and transformational leadership behavior, Taoist work value should also be taken into consideration. Thus, this study firstly develops Confucian and Taoist work value scale (study 1) and then applies this scale to examine its relationship with transformational leadership (study 2). The results show that while Confucian work value is the most consistent predictor of core transformational leader behavior and high-performance expectations, Taoist work value is the most consistent predictor of intellectual stimulation.

Keywords

Confucian work value Taoist work value Transformational leadership