Guanxi and the ethical judgements and moral reasoning of Hong Kong managers

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dc.contributor.author Ho, Cynthia en_US
dc.contributor.author Redfern, Kylie en_US
dc.contributor.author Crawford, John en_US
dc.contributor.editor Leonard, D en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-09T02:48:01Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-09T02:48:01Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.identifier 2006014956 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Ho Cynthia, Redfern Kylie, and Crawford John 2007, 'Guanxi and the ethical judgements and moral reasoning of Hong Kong managers', ANZAM, Canning Bridge, Western Australia, pp. 1-15. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 186308 140 2 en_US
dc.identifier.other E1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/2257
dc.description.abstract The importance of personal connections and relationships, or guanxi , when doing business with the Chinese is widely acknowledged amongst Western academics and business managers alike. However, aspects of guanxi related behaviours in the workplace are often misunderstood by Westerners with some going so far as to equate guanxi with forms of corruption. This study investigates the underlying modes of moral reasoning in ethical decisions relating to aspects of guanxi, amongst Hong Kong managers. Managers ethical judgements and underlying moral reasoning relating to a series of guanxi related behaviours, were recorded. Content analysis yielded categories that correspond with categories of moral reasoning described in Kohlberg s (1969) model. As hypothesised, it was found that harsher ethical evaluations of guanxi-related behaviours were positively correlated with the stage of moral reasoning. The most common types of reasoning were those corresponding to Kohlberg s stages four and five which relate to moral reasoning based on law and order, and on reason rather than emotion. Stage six, concerned with universal moral principles, was utilized considerably less than other stages. This finding supports the literature on ethical ideology across countries and cultures whereby Eastern cultures are generally found to be more relativistic or less universal than their Western counterparts. en_US
dc.publisher ANZAM en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://www.anzam.org/
dc.title Guanxi and the ethical judgements and moral reasoning of Hong Kong managers en_US
dc.parent Proceedings of the 21st ANZAM 2007 Conference: Managing Our Intellectual and Social Capital en_US
dc.journal.volume en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation Canning Bridge, Western Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 15 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.School of Management en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.conference.location Sydney, Australia en_US
dc.for 150308 en_US
dc.personcode 044628 en_US
dc.personcode 960796 en_US
dc.personcode 860001 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name International Business en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.custom Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference en_US
dc.date.activity 20071204 en_US
dc.location.activity Sydney, Australia en_US
dc.description.keywords business ethics, Chinese, guanxi, individual values en_US
dc.staffid 860001 en_US


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