Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Dealing with Guanxi and Mianzi: Challening the Traditional Unifying Approach towards Culture
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper will display a comparative analysis on how one culture is viewed, differently and similarly, by two other cultures, and how such perceptions impact on cross-cultural management. Hofstede’s (1980) studies on culture dimensions are incorporated substan-tially in the research, nevertheless, his assumption that culture is apprehended universal-ly will be refuted. The contribution of this research is that it is based on the presump-tion that culture will be viewed divergently by people of different cultural backgrounds, by employing a triangular comparison among three countries; Sweden, Australia and China.Whilst working in China, expatriates will encounter Chinese social values of guanxi and mianzi, which are terms well imprinted within the Chinese culture. Guanxi deals with how people in China establish, handle and maintain interpersonal relationships. Mianzi is a term for describing how Chinese preserve their pride and honour in social situa-tions. The concepts will be employed when conducting the comparisons of Australian and Swedish expatriate managers’ interpretations on the two respectively. Findings were qualitatively collected by interviewing expatriates from Australia and Sweden, to-gether with the theoretical framework, combined in a triangular analysis. It was con-cluded that the young Australian entrepreneurs scrutinized guanxi and mianzi in a more critical manner in comparison to the elder Swedish managers, who had a more neutral approach towards the Chinese social values.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 82 p.
Keyword [en]
culture perceptions, Hofstede, guanxi, mianzi, China, Australia, Sweden
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-18233OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-18233DiVA: diva2:530357
Subject / course
IHH, Business Administration
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2012-07-06 Created: 2012-06-01 Last updated: 2012-07-06Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

Dealing with Guanxi and Mianzi(1218 kB)996 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 1218 kBChecksum SHA-512
0c147dbbe947462e874743972d256c3b3ad2767b2d75b6720164dad0e9192fff78a5c6c418274f24f881bd81e003ce68da6c25352b90640a17885beb4b8550b5
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Rask, HannesPan, Kishi DiNyreröd Sandahl, Emelie
By organisation
JIBS, Business Administration
Business Administration

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 996 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 400 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf