Collectivist Values and Open-Mindedness for Chinese Employees Trust of their Japanese Leaders

Dean William TJOSVOLD, Mei Ling WONG, Chuhong LIU

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Chinese employees may be suspicious of their Japanese managers because of their historical rivalry. Based on social psychological research that enhancing interaction can reduce bias, collectivist and individualist values were hypothesized to promote open-mindedness and thereby result in strong leader relationships between Chinese employees and their Japanese and Chinese managers. Working in Japanese enterprises in Shanghai, China, 100 employees indicated the values in their relationship, interaction, trust in leader, and the effectiveness of their leader relationship. Structural equation analysis suggested that collectivist values reinforce an open-minded discussion of views that in turn results in strong relationships. These findings, coupled with previous research, were interpreted as suggesting that collectivist values and open-minded interaction provide an important foundation for productive leader relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002
Event2002 Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business: Geographies and International Business - Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 28 Jun 20021 Jul 2002


Conference2002 Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business
Country/TerritoryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan
OtherAcademy of International Business
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