Research Article

Frontiers of Business Research in China

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 199-218

Work-to-family enrichment and voice behavior in China: The role of modernity

  • Haina ZhangAffiliated withDepartment of Management, University of Otago Email author 
  • , Xia ZhouAffiliated withDepartment of Marketing, Drexel University
  • , Ying WangAffiliated withInstitute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield
  • , Malcolm H. ConeAffiliated withDepartment of Management, University of Otago

Abstract

There is a lack of knowledge in the literature regarding the effects of the work-family interface on employees’ behaviors while taking into consideration of cultural values in developing countries. This study investigates the impact of work-to-family enrichment on employees’ voice behavior by focusing on the moderating role of modernity in a Chinese setting. Results from a survey of 230 Chinese married managers indicate that work-to-family enrichment positively influences voice behavior. In addition, the enrichment-voice relationship is weaker when modernity is high rather than low. The findings are discussed in terms of their theoretical and practical implications for human resource management.

Keywords

voice behavior work-to-family enrichment China modernity