Knowledge management in Chinese organizations : collectivist values for open-minded discussions

Guoquan CHEN, Dean William TJOSVOLD, Nan LI, Yue FU, Dawei LIU

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Employees from different departments of an organization often do not have the relationships and interaction patterns that facilitate integrating and applying their knowledge together. This study proposes that departments that develop collectivist rather than individualist relationships engage in constructive controversy (CC) and share knowledge. Results using data from CEOs and Vice Presidents of various industries and regions of China suggested that collectivist but not individualistic values promote open-minded discussion of views which results in knowledge sharing. Coupled with previous research, these results suggest that collectivist values and CC provide an important foundation for productive knowledge management in organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3393-3412
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • China
  • Collectivism
  • Controversy
  • Individualism
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Organizational values


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