Guanxi’s contribution to commitment and productive conflict between banks and small and medium enterprises in China

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Abstract

Guanxi has long been thought to play a critical role in understanding and practicing leadership, teamwork, and organizational partnerships in China. Researchers have argued that guanxi can be usefully understood as a kind of close relationship that obliges partners to assist each other. This study proposes that the theory of cooperation and competition as developed in the West can help us to understand how guanxi affects partner relationships. Findings from data on partnerships between banks and small or medium enterprises in Shanghai support the argument that guanxi strengthens cooperative goals, which in turn results in relationship commitment and productive conflict. Our study’s findings suggest that partners with guanxi interact in mutually beneficial ways that enhance their cooperative goals. Further research is needed to provide a stronger foundation for the causal inferences of these findings, and to investigate whether guanxi as it is known in China can also serve to develop cooperative goals, relationship commitment, and productive conflict among partnerships in other Asian societies and in the West.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)819-845
Number of pages27
JournalGroup and Organization Management
Volume42
Issue number6
Early online date16 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • cooperation and competition
  • guanxi
  • productive conflict
  • relationship commitment

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