Managing employees in China from Hong Kong : interaction, relationships and productivity as antecedents to motivation

Dean TJOSVOLD, Jane W. MOY

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    Abstract

    States that managers must often try to motivate employees working in another country. Senior accounting managers in Hong Kong were interviewed on their experiences leading professionals in China. Results of structural equation analyses suggest the usefulness of Deutsch's theory of co-operation and competition to understanding how interaction between leaders and employees develops future motivation. Co-operative goals were found to contribute to a constructive discussion of opposing views between managers and employees which, in turn, resulted in productive work and stronger work relationships; these outcomes, in turn, developed motivation to work hard and well on future assignments. These results were interpreted as suggesting that managers can motivate employees through developing strong co-operative goals and the skills of constructive controversy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)147-156
    Number of pages10
    JournalLeadership and Organization Development Journal
    Volume19
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

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    Managers
    Productivity
    Hong Kong
    Interaction
    Employees
    China
    Constructive controversy
    Structural equations
    Usefulness
    Assignment
    Cooperation and competition
    Work relationships

    Keywords

    • China
    • Co-operation
    • Competition
    • Hong Kong
    • Leadership
    • Motivation

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    Managing employees in China from Hong Kong : interaction, relationships and productivity as antecedents to motivation. / TJOSVOLD, Dean; MOY, Jane W.

    In: Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Vol. 19, No. 3, 01.01.1998, p. 147-156.

    Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

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