AbstractDespite 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.
Ji, Junzhe and Dimitratos, Pavlos and Huang, Qingan and Su, Taoyong (2017) ‘Everyday-Life Business Deviance Among Chinese SME Owners’, Journal of Business Ethics, In Press. (10.1007/s10551-017-3542-2 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-017-3542-2>).