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    Siding in a workplace dispute in China: the impact of legitimacy, sanction, and Guanxi

    Yang, Huadong and Van de Vliert, E. and Shi, K. (2005) Siding in a workplace dispute in China: the impact of legitimacy, sanction, and Guanxi. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management 5 (3), pp. 329-347. ISSN 1470-5958.

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    Employees in the role of outsider can be faced with a dispute between colleagues. Taking sides is a crucially important, yet neglected tactic in handling disputes. In a study of 226 Chinese employees, we investigated the influence of employees’ moral and expedient orientations on their siding intentions in a workplace dispute characterized by different distributions of legitimacy, negative sanctions and guanxi. Results indicate that legitimacy information leads moral-oriented employees to side with a legitimacy party whereas sanction information leads expedient-oriented employees to side with a sanction party. However, the Chinese employees also take guanxi into account. Guanxi as contrasting information decreased both the extent to which the strong-moral, weak-expedient-oriented Chinese employees sided with a legitimacy party, and the extent to which weak-moral, strong-expedient-oriented employees sided with a sanction party. Implications of these results for developing a universal theory of siding are discussed.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): expedient orientation, guanxi, moral orientation, outsiders, siding
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Huadong Yang
    Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 10:08
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:02


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