How paternalistic leaders motivate employees' information security policy compliance? Building climate or applying sanctions


This paper studies the influencing mechanisms of Paternalistic Leadership in motivating employees' Information Security Polices Compliance. We proposed that Sanctions and Information Security Climate can mediate the impact of different PL dimensions. Based on survey data from 760 participants, we found that, for different PL dimension, their influencing mechanism are different. The impact of AL dimension is partially mediated by employees' perception of the Sanction, while the impact of BL dimension and ML dimension are partially mediated by employees' perception of the Information Security Climate. Our research extends the existing literature by introducing the impact of specific leadership styles on employees' ISP Compliance and discovering the mediating role of Sanction and Information Security Climate. New knowledge is also found about how each PL dimension affects employees' Compliance in the information security context.

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Proceedings of the 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems: Secure ICT Platform for the 4th Industrial Revolution, PACIS 2019

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