How Ethical Leadership Encourages Employee Voice Behavior in China: The Mediating Role of Organizational Harmony

Tachia Chin


This paper examines that ethical leadership encourages employees to engage in voice behavior via increasing
organizational harmony in China. Using quantitative methods, the results suggest that ethical leadership is
positively related to employee-perceived harmony and employee voice. Moreover, ethical leadership is proved to
significantly enhance voice behavior through promoting organizational harmony in the Chinese workplace. This
research therefore contributes to the leadership literature, seeing that it develops a context-specific framework
linking the unique Chinese cultural idiosyncrasy “harmony” to the relationship between ethical leadership and
employee voice. In terms of practical implications, the findings enable foreign entrepreneurs to gain a better
understanding of the role and the conduct of ethical leadership in the Chinese context.

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International Business Research  ISSN 1913-9004 (Print), ISSN 1913-9012 (Online)

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