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Published in: Journal of Business Ethics 2/2022

23-02-2021 | Original Paper

Family-Supportive Supervisor Behavior, Felt Obligation, and Unethical Pro-family Behavior: The Moderating Role of Positive Reciprocity Beliefs

Authors: Ken Cheng, Qianlin Zhu, Yinghui Lin

Published in: Journal of Business Ethics | Issue 2/2022

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Abstract

Drawing on social exchange theory, we argue that family-supportive supervisor behavior (FSSB) inhibits employees’ unethical pro-family behavior (UPFB) via the mediation of felt obligation. We further propose that employees’ positive reciprocity beliefs strengthen the hypothesized relationships. Using a sample consisting of 345 full-time employees from an Internet service company located in China, we found that felt obligation partially mediated the negative relationship between FSSB and UPFB and that the FSSB-felt obligation relationship and the mediation relationship were stronger for employees with higher positive reciprocity beliefs. Theoretical and practical implications, limitations, and future directions are discussed.
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Metadata
Title
Family-Supportive Supervisor Behavior, Felt Obligation, and Unethical Pro-family Behavior: The Moderating Role of Positive Reciprocity Beliefs
Authors
Ken Cheng
Qianlin Zhu
Yinghui Lin
Publication date
23-02-2021
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Published in
Journal of Business Ethics / Issue 2/2022
Print ISSN: 0167-4544
Electronic ISSN: 1573-0697
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-021-04765-9

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