Attitudinal outcomes of boundary permeability: A comparison of Australian and Singaporean employees

Loh, Jennifer (Min Ing), Restubog, Simon Lloyd D. and Gallois, Cindy (2010) Attitudinal outcomes of boundary permeability: A comparison of Australian and Singaporean employees. Cross Cultural Management, 17 2: 118-134. doi:10.1108/13527601021038697

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Author Loh, Jennifer (Min Ing)
Restubog, Simon Lloyd D.
Gallois, Cindy
Title Attitudinal outcomes of boundary permeability: A comparison of Australian and Singaporean employees
Journal name Cross Cultural Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1352-7606
1758-6089
Publication date 2010-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/13527601021038697
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 118
End page 134
Total pages 17
Editor Simon L Dolan
Place of publication Bradford, U.K.
Publisher MCB University Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the moderating role of culture in the relationship between boundary permeability and cooperation and work group identification. In addition, the levels of boundary permeability of Australians and Singaporeans are compared.

Design/methodology/approach Survey questionnaires were administered to 134 employees (87 Singaporeans and 47 Australians) working in multinational corporations in both Australia and Singapore. Hierarchical moderated regression was used to test whether culture moderated the relationship between boundary permeability and cooperation and workgroup identification.

Findings Results indicated that workplace boundary permeability was marginally and positively related to cooperation but not to workgroup identification. Further analysis revealed that culture moderated the relationships between workplace boundary permeability and cooperation and workgroup identification. Specifically, a stronger positive relationship was found between boundary permeability and these outcomes for Singaporeans as opposed to Australians.

Research limitations/implications Limitations include the relatively small sample size of both cultural groups; the behavioral measure used to assess cooperation; and the self-reported nature of the data.

Practical implications The findings of this study have important practical implications for managers working in multinational corporations who seek to promote cooperation and workgroup identification among culturally diverse employees.

Originality/value Guided by social identity and cross-cultural theories, this study highlights the role of culture in predicting the attitudinal consequences of boundary permeability.
© Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Keyword Australia
Singapore
Employee behaviour
Multinational companies
Cross-cultural studies
Social identity
Individualism-collectivism
Intergroup behaviour
Work
Self
Identification
Cooperation
Similarity
Choice
Impact
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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