Approaches to Scale Development in Chinese Management Research
19 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2007
Date Written: 2006
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
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