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Guanxi and high performance work systems in China: evidence from a state-owned enterprise

Xian, Huiping; Atkinson, Carol and Meng-Lewis, Yue (2019). Guanxi and high performance work systems in China: evidence from a state-owned enterprise. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30(19) pp. 2685–2704.

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Existing high performance work system (HPWS) research has rarely considered cultural influences. This study investigates the relationships between guanxi, HPWS and employee attitudes in China. A data-set consisting of 226 employees in a Chinese state-owned enterprise in the railway sector was used to test the hypotheses. Using structural equation modelling as an analytical tool, we found that guanxi was positively related to HPWS and trust. Similar to research in the Western context, HPWS was found to be positively related to trust and job satisfaction. Moreover, the results also revealed that HPWS mediated between guanxi and both trust and job satisfaction. Theoretical and practical implications are both discussed.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0958-5192
Keywords: State-owned enterprises; high performance work systems; guanxi; Chinese cultural values; trust; job satisfaction
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Strategy and Marketing
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 61681
Depositing User: Yue Meng-Lewis
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2019 10:03
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 20:49
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