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Is guanxi always good for employee self-development in China? Examining non-linear and moderated relationships

Ren, Shuang and Chadee, Doren 2017, Is guanxi always good for employee self-development in China? Examining non-linear and moderated relationships, Journal of vocational behavior, vol. 98, pp. 108-117, doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2016.10.005.

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Title Is guanxi always good for employee self-development in China? Examining non-linear and moderated relationships
Author(s) Ren, Shuang
Chadee, Doren
Journal name Journal of vocational behavior
Volume number 98
Start page 108
End page 117
Total pages 10
Publisher Academic Press
Place of publication Maryland Heights, Mo.
Publication date 2017-02
ISSN 0001-8791
1095-9084
Keyword(s) employee self-development
guanxi
curvilinear
gender congruence
China
Summary The nature of work and careers in China are constantly evolving as a result of market-oriented economic transition in the country. Increasingly, employees are required to be proactive and self-starting in skill and competency improvement for employability. Employee self-development (ESD) involves considerations embedded in a wide range of relationships including both work and non-work domains. This research draws from social exchange theory and information processing theory to investigate how guanxi, a relational phenomenon unique to traditional Chinese culture, influences ESD. Drawing from the experience of a sample (n = 404) of employees in China, an inverted U-shaped relationship between guanxi and ESD is found, suggesting that initial positive influences of guanxi on ESD diminish after reaching an inflexion point. We also found that these influences are stronger for gender congruent employee-supervisor dyads. The theoretical and managerial implications that too much guanxi is not necessarily good for ESD, particularly in the presence of gender congruence, are also discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jvb.2016.10.005
Field of Research 150308 International Business
1503 Business And Management
1701 Psychology
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30088554

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