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

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 February 2015

Min Wu
Sichuan University, China
Xu Huang
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Chenwei Li
University of Alabama, USA
Wu Liu
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong


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.

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