The meaning of work in Chinese contexts: A comparative study

Westwood, R. I. and Lok, P. (2003) The meaning of work in Chinese contexts: A comparative study. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 3 2: 139-165. doi:10.1177/14705958030032001


Author Westwood, R. I.
Lok, P.
Title The meaning of work in Chinese contexts: A comparative study
Journal name International Journal of Cross Cultural Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-5958
1741-2838
Publication date 2003-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/14705958030032001
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page 139
End page 165
Total pages 27
Editor T. Jackson
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2003
Subject C1
350201 Human Resources Management
350212 International Business
720403 Management
750101 Employment
1503 Business and Management
Formatted abstract
This article explores the meaning of work patterns for working populations in two Chinese contexts, namely Hong Kong and Beijing. Five core meaning of work variables are measured and related to the socio-cultural and political-economic environments in the two locations. The analysis suggests some areas of similarity but also significant differences in meaning of work patterns. Both Chinese contexts display a high work centrality orientation and a highly pragmatic, instrumental view of work. There are subtle differences in perceived work goal importance and outcome patterns that are in part attributable to different socio-economic conditions.
Copyright © 2003 SAGE Publications.
Keyword Chinese
Culture
Meaning of work
Political economy
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
2004 Higher Education Research Data Collection
UQ Business School Publications
 
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