Everyday-Life Business Deviance Among Chinese SME Owners

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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

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

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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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