Everyday-Life Business Deviance Among Chinese SME Owners

  • Junzhe Ji
  • Pavlos Dimitratos
  • Qingan Huang
  • Taoyong Su
Original Paper


Despite its prevalence in emerging economies, everyday-life business deviance (EBD) and its antecedents have received surprisingly little research attention. Drawing on strain theory and the business-ethics literature, we develop a socio-psychological explanation for this deviance. Our analysis of 741 owners of Chinese small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) suggests that materialism and trust in institutional justice affect EBD both directly and indirectly in a relationship mediated by the ethical standards of SME owners. These findings have important implications for researching deviant business behavior within SMEs.


Everyday-life business deviance Ethical standards Materialism Strain theory Trust in institutional justice 



This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 71402121) and the Research Foundation of Humanities and Social Sciences for Young Scholars by the Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. 15YJC630040).

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Conflict of interest

Junzhe Ji declares that he has no conflict of interest. Pavlos Dimitratos declares that he has no conflict of interest. Qingan Huang declares that he has no conflict of interest. Taoyong Su declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Junzhe Ji
    • 1
  • Pavlos Dimitratos
    • 2
  • Qingan Huang
    • 3
  • Taoyong Su
    • 4
  1. 1.Management SchoolUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Adam Smith Business SchoolUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  3. 3.School of Business and LawUniversity of East LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.School of Economics and ManagementTongji UniversityShanghaiChina

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