Asia Pacific Journal of Management

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 381–403

Career Success Networks in China: Sex Differences in Network Composition and Social Exchange Practices


DOI: 10.1007/s10490-005-4116-x

Cite this article as:
Bu, N. & Roy, JP. Asia Pacific J Manage (2005) 22: 381. doi:10.1007/s10490-005-4116-x


Through structured interviews with 108 senior and middle managers in China, we compared the composition and social exchange practices of Chinese male and female managers' career success networks (CSNs). The results indicated that most of the CSN ties formed by both male and female managers are with men, especially power ties. Male and female managers differed in the extent to which they engaged in instrumental and expressive transactions with same- and opposite-sex CSN alters, reciprocated the help provided by CSN alters, and socialized outside of the workplace with opposite-sex alters. The implications of these results for career success in China are discussed.


social networks homophily China sex difference guanxi 

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queen's School of BusinessQueen's UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Business AdministrationMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John'sCanada

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