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Influence of self-serving leadership on employees’ organizational deviance: a multilevel moderated mediation model

Tao Guo (School of Economics and Management, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, China)
Nan Yao (School of Economics and Management, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, China)
Lei Zhang (School of Business Administration, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou, China)

Chinese Management Studies

ISSN: 1750-614X

Article publication date: 13 April 2022

Issue publication date: 20 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to explore the influence of self-serving leadership on employees’ organizational deviance and its internal mechanism.

Design/methodology/approach

Through the data collected from 300 supervisor–employee dyads of five large enterprises in China, this research uses multilevel structural equation model to test the proposal hypotheses.

Findings

Results show that there is a positive relationship between self-serving leadership and employees’ organizational deviance, and ego depletion plays a mediating role between them. Moreover, this research also found that the relationship between self-serving leadership and ego depletion and the indirect effect of self-serving leadership on employees’ organizational deviance through ego depletion are negatively moderated by power distance orientation.

Originality/value

This study found a new antecedent variable of employees’ organizational deviance-self-serving leadership, and based on the ego depletion theory, deeply reveals the internal mechanism of self-serving leadership influencing employees’ organizational deviance, which has some enlightening significance for relevant theoretical research and management practice. In addition, this study also has unique advantages in data collection and analysis methods.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank the National Social Science Foundation of China for funding support, as well as the reviewers and editors for the guidance in the review process.

Funding: The Key Program of National Social Science Foundation of China “Research on the driving Mechanism and realization path of Business Model Innovation of Technology start-ups under the background of Digital Economy” (20AGL009), host: Tao Guo.

Citation

Guo, T., Yao, N. and Zhang, L. (2023), "Influence of self-serving leadership on employees’ organizational deviance: a multilevel moderated mediation model", Chinese Management Studies, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 442-458. https://doi.org/10.1108/CMS-07-2021-0296

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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