Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 39, Issue 8, pp 1343–1358

Cross-cultural variations in climate for autonomy, stress and organizational productivity relationships: A comparison of Chinese and UK manufacturing organizations

Authors

    • Department of Management, Faculty of Business Economics, Monash University
  • Pawan Budhwar
    • Aston Business School, Aston University
  • Brian K Cooper
    • Department of Management, Faculty of Business Economics, Monash University
  • Michael West
    • Aston Business School, Aston University
  • Chen Long
    • Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Xu Chongyuan
    • Jiangsu Wuxi Economic Development Zone
  • Helen Shipton
    • Aston Business School, Aston University
Article

DOI: 10.1057/jibs.2008.50

Cite this article as:
Hirst, G., Budhwar, P., Cooper, B. et al. J Int Bus Stud (2008) 39: 1343. doi:10.1057/jibs.2008.50

Abstract

Cross-cultural researchers have questioned the extent to which European–American management practices can be transported to major markets in Asia, such as the People's Republic of China. Applying employee involvement theory, we examined the relationships between climate for autonomy, work demands climate, employee stress and organizational productivity in a cross-national study of 51 UK and 104 Chinese manufacturing organizations. We predicted and found that climate for autonomy was positively and negatively related to stress in the Chinese and UK contexts, respectively. The interaction of climate for autonomy and work demands climate was significant: climate for autonomy was positively related to organizational productivity only when work demands climate was low.

Keywords

cross-cultural research/measurement issuesAsiamultilevel analysisproductivityorganizational climate

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