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Changes in work values across the regions of China
Ralston, David1; Egri, Carolyn2; Karam, Charlotte3; Li, Yongjuan4; Fu, Pingping5
First AuthorDavid A. Ralston
Source PublicationAsia Pacific Journal of Management
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This study examines changes in values of Chinese professionals across high, moderate, and low development regions between 1993/94 and 2004/05 and as such explores values in China’s recent past. The 1993/94 to 2004/05 period was crucial during China’s evolution from a socialist state to one more open to capitalism. The foundation of our investigation is crossvergence theory, which we extend by developing a multilevel-crossvergence perspective of national and region- al influences on work values/behaviors. We test hypotheses specific to national-level and to regional-level changes in the importance of individualism, collectivism, and Confucianism values. Our study demonstrates that differences in hypothesized predic- tions result from the level on which a study is focused. This, in turn, results in differing support for study findings, which is a significant limitation of single-level studies. In sum, this study reveals the importance of delving beneath the national-level to gain a more fine-grained, regional-level understanding of values evolution in China. This is a finding that we believe may generalize to other countries, in particular, developing countries.

KeywordChina Crossvergence Multilevel analysis Regional/national Multi- period Work values
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Corresponding AuthorRalston, David
Affiliation1.University Fellows International Research Consortium, Ft Myers, FL, USA;
2.Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
3.American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
4.University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Huairou, China
5.Nottingham Business School China, Ningbo, China
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Ralston, David,Egri, Carolyn,Karam, Charlotte,et al. Changes in work values across the regions of China[J]. Asia Pacific Journal of Management,2018,35(1):145-179.
APA Ralston, David,Egri, Carolyn,Karam, Charlotte,Li, Yongjuan,&Fu, Pingping.(2018).Changes in work values across the regions of China.Asia Pacific Journal of Management,35(1),145-179.
MLA Ralston, David,et al."Changes in work values across the regions of China".Asia Pacific Journal of Management 35.1(2018):145-179.
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