Collectivist Values for Productive Teamwork between Korean and Chinese Employees

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The global marketplace increasingly demands that cultural diverse people work together but studies have documented important barriers to inter-cultural collaboration. Researchers have argued the need to study intercultural interaction directly in order to develop knowledge that diverse people can use to overcome obstacles and work productively. This study proposes that collectivist values are a basis upon which Korean and Chinese colleagues working in joint ventures in China develop quality collegial relationships and thereby work productively together. Chinese employees completed measures of collectivist and individualist values in their relationships with a Korean colleague. The Korean partners completed measures of collegial relationships, productivity, and confidence of future collaboration. In addition to supporting that collectivist values can promote quality collegial relationships, findings support the theorizing that quality relationships facilitate productive collaborative work. Results suggest that collectivist values can be an important basis for Korean and Chinese employees to develop a common platform where they work together
productively across cultural boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

Publication series

NameCAPS Working Paper Series
PublisherCentre for Asian Pacific Studies, Lingnan University

Bibliographical note

The authors appreciate the financial support of the Research Grants Council of Lingnan University, Project No: DB07A3 to the first author. This is a revised version of a paper presented at the Workshop on “The Koreas at Sixty: Retrospect and Prospect”, hosted by the Centre for Asian Pacific Studies, Lingnan University, 8 May 2008.


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