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The cultural roots of Guanxi: An exploratory study

Title
The cultural roots of Guanxi: An exploratory study
Authors
Dunning J.H.Kim C.
Ewha Authors
김창수
Issue Date
2007
Journal Title
World Economy
ISSN
0378-5920JCR Link
Citation
vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 329 - 341
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
This paper first describes the cultural roots and characteristics of guanxi in Chinese society. It then goes on to test some propositions about the perceived relationship between these characteristics and (i) Hofstede's conceptualisation of collectivism and power distance and (ii) the content and quality of formal institutions. The sampling frame used consisted of three groups of students - viz. Chinese Singaporeans, Non-Chinese Singaporeans and Mainland Chinese, studying in tertiary institutions in Singapore. Our findings suggest that, while the perceptions of guanxi were positively and significantly related to Hofstede's culturally related variables, this was not so in the case of formal institutions. This latter result suggests that, in East Asian countries, guanxi may well be regarded as, at least, a partial substitute for formal institutions. © 2007 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-9701.2007.00885.x
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