Approaches to Scale Development in Chinese Management Research

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Jiing-Lih Larry Farh

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Management & Organization

Albert A. Cannella

Texas A&M University

Cynthia Lee

Northeastern University - Management Information Systems Area

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Date Written: 2006

Abstract

We classify survey scales or measures currently used in Chinese management research along two dimensions - the source of the scale and expectations about its cultural specificity. Based on these two dimensions, we differentiate four approaches to scale development: translation, adaptation, de-contextualization, and contextualization. We describe the key assumptions, strengths and limitations of each approach and their roles in Chinese management research. We illustrate the four approaches by commenting on the five articles in this special issue.

Keywords: scale development, Chinese management contexts, translation, adaptation, contextualization, de-contextualization

Suggested Citation

Farh, Jiing-Lih Larry and Cannella, Albert A. and Lee, Cynthia, Approaches to Scale Development in Chinese Management Research (2006). HKUST Business School Research Paper No. 07-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1001865 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1001865

Jiing-Lih Larry Farh (Contact Author)

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Management & Organization ( email )

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Albert A. Cannella

Texas A&M University ( email )

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College Station, TX 77843-4218
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Cynthia Lee

Northeastern University - Management Information Systems Area ( email )

Boston, MA 02115
United States

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