Cultural influences on informal information sharing in Chinese and Anglo-American organizations: an exploratory study

Chow W. Chee, Graeme L. Harrison*, Jill L. McKinnon, Anne Wu

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Abstract

This study examines cultural factors which may facilitate or impede the sharing of informal information in the context of face-to-face meetings in Chinese compared to Anglo-American organizations. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected through personally conducted interviews with middle level managers in a sample of Taiwanese and Australian manufacturing firms. The results suggest the importance of individual differences, individual assertiveness, and corporate culture in influencing informal information sharing in Australia; and the trade-off between collective interests, respect for hierarchical status and concern with face in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-582
Number of pages22
JournalAccounting, Organizations and Society
Volume24
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999

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