Business and government interdependence in China : cooperative goals to develop industries and the marketplace

Dean William TJOSVOLD, Chunyan, Ann PENG, Yifeng, Nancy CHEN, Fang, Sofia SU

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Although government withdrawal from business has traditionally been considered a key reform in developing a market economy, the Chinese government remains active. This study uses the social psychological theory of cooperation and competition to analyze the interdependence between government and business. Structural equation results of interviews of specific incidents collected from 105 government officials and business people in Shanghai, China, support the model that cooperative, but not competitive or independent, goals induce open-minded discussions that in turn strengthen their relationships, accomplish tasks, foster confidence they will work productively in the future, and develop their industry and the marketplace.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-249
Number of pages25
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008



  • Business and government interdependence
  • Cooperation and competition
  • Open-minded discussion

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