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The Effects of Confucian Values on Interpersonal Trust, Justice, and Information Sharing of Korean Workers: A Multilevel Analysis

  • Kyunghwan Yeo (a1), Jessica L. Wildman (a2) and Suk Bong Choi (a3)
Abstract

This study examines the effect of supervisors’ Confucian values on interpersonal trust, interpersonal justice, and information sharing in the context of South Korean workers, using multilevel analysis. We also investigate the moderating roles of blood, regional, and school ties (BRST) among their relationships. A survey was conducted with 46 supervisors and 210 subordinates from South Korean manufacturing companies. Our empirical findings indicated that supervisors’ Confucian values were positively associated with the interpersonal trust, interpersonal justice, and information sharing of subordinates. Contrary to our expectation, the BRST had no significant moderating role in the relationship between supervisors’ Confucian values and interpersonal trust, interpersonal justice, and information sharing of subordinates. Our study contributes to organisational behaviour and psychology by highlighting the significance of societal values such as Confucian values in understanding an organisational member's attitude and behaviour in the East Asian region.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Address for correspondence: Suk Bong Choi, College of Global Business, Korea University, 2511 Sejong-ro, Sejong City 30019, Republic of Korea. Email: sukchoi@korea.ac.kr
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