An Exploration of the HR values of Chinese managers working in western multinational enterprises in China

convergence or divergence of values?

Stella Li, Paul L. Nesbit

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Abstract

This paper explores the extent that local Chinese managers working in MNEs in China have adopted Western HR values. The study involves the use of repertory grid interviews with thirty-six local Chinese managers. The interviewees reflected a high level of assimilation and internalisation of many Western HRM values. However, they also retained some traditional values as well suggesting the development of hybridisation path instead of a simple convergence with or divergence from the Western model. An important characteristic of this hybrid model is the co-existence of paradoxical values from Western HRM and Chinese people management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th IHRM Conference 2010
Subtitle of host publicationemergence of new economic powers : management of human resources in the challenging global context
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherAston Business School
Pages1-26
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventInternational Human Resource Management Conference (11th : 2010) - Birmingham, UK
Duration: 9 Jun 201012 Jun 2010

Conference

ConferenceInternational Human Resource Management Conference (11th : 2010)
CityBirmingham, UK
Period9/06/1012/06/10

Keywords

  • Chinese HRM
  • values
  • repertory grid

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    Li, S., & Nesbit, P. L. (2010). An Exploration of the HR values of Chinese managers working in western multinational enterprises in China: convergence or divergence of values? In Proceedings of the 11th IHRM Conference 2010: emergence of new economic powers : management of human resources in the challenging global context (pp. 1-26). UK: Aston Business School.