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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.
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||Group and Organization Management|
|Early online date||16 Oct 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2017|
- cooperation and competition
- productive conflict
- relationship commitment
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Financial Support for Innovative Firms: Contribution of Conflict Management (對創新企業的金融支持：衝突管理的貢獻)
WONG, S. H. A., CHEN, G. & TJOSVOLD, D. W.
Research Grants Council (HKSAR)
1/01/13 → 30/06/16
Project: Grant Research