Perceived Interactional Justice and Trust-in-supervisor as Mediators for Paternalistic Leadership

Min Wu, Xu Huang, Chenwei Li, Wu Liu

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This study identifies the influencing processes that underlie the effect of the three paternalistic leadership dimensions on subordinates' work performance/ organizational citizenship behaviours. The results, based on data collected from private firms in China, showed that perceived interactional justice mediated the effects of moral leadership and benevolent leadership on trust-in-supervisor. However, perceived interactional justice did not mediate the relationship between authoritarian leadership and trust-in-supervisor. In addition, trust-in-supervisor was found to be positively associated with work performance and organizational citizenship behaviours. Cultural and practical implications and future research directions are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-121
Number of pages25
JournalManagement and Organization Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • Interactional justice
  • Organizational citizenship behaviours
  • Paternalistic leadership
  • Trust-in-supervisor
  • Work performance


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