Beware of different guanxi measurements when doing research in China

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Latham, Gwenda and Gordon, Raymond. 2009. "Beware of different guanxi measurements when doing research in China ." Beaumont, Nicholas (ed.) 23rd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2009). Melbourne, Australia 01 - 04 Dec 2009 Melbourne, Australia.
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Beware of different guanxi measurements when doing research in China

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsLatham, Gwenda (Author) and Gordon, Raymond (Author)
EditorsBeaumont, Nicholas
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 23rd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2009)
Number of Pages16
Year2009
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN1863081593
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.anzam.org
Conference/Event23rd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2009)
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C
Event Details
23rd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2009)
Parent
Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
Delivery
In person
Event Date
01 to end of 04 Dec 2009
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Abstract

Doing research in China requires the awareness of the Chinese indigenous construct of guanxi. In measuring guanxi, researchers can take different approaches. In order to highlight the significance of adopting either the particularistic ties approach of Farh et al (1998) or the differential behaviours approach of Wong et al (2003), we used both measures in a correlation analysis in a mainland Chinese setting. The study demonstrates that these different approaches to measuring guanxi produce very different research outcomes, and highlights the need for researchers to be aware of how they measure guanxi.

Keywordsinternational organisational behaviour; cross cultural management; emerging economies, international HRM
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470202. Asian cultural studies
350706. International business
441005. Social theory
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School of Management and Marketing
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