The Road More Popular Versus the Road Less Travelled: An ‘Insider's Perspective of Advancing Chinese Management Research

15 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2009

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Bor-Shiuan Cheng

National Taiwan University

An-Chih Wang

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Min-Ping Huang

Yuan Ze University

Abstract

To complement Barney and Zhang's as well as Whetten's articles in this issue of Management and Organization Review, we offer ways to develop indigenous management theory to explain unique Chinese management phenomena. We first briefly review the imbalance of developing theories of Chinese management versus developing Chinese theories of management in Chinese research societies. We then describe a five-step research process that uses an indigenous research approach to theory development: discovery of interesting phenomena, field observations, construction of the theoretical framework, empirical examination, and theory refinement. This process may be useful not only in the Chinese context, but also in any other context. We identify several challenges in both Chinese and international academic societies that must be overcome to facilitate learning across the two approaches proposed by Barney and Zhang: the need for high quality journals in the Chinese language, international journals' efforts to ease the imbalance between the two approaches, and collaboration between Chinese and Western management schools.

Suggested Citation

Cheng, Bor-Shiuan and Wang, An-Chih and Huang, Min-Ping, The Road More Popular Versus the Road Less Travelled: An ‘Insider's Perspective of Advancing Chinese Management Research. Management and Organization Review, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp. 91-105, March 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1395117 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1740-8784.2008.00133.x

Bor-Shiuan Cheng (Contact Author)

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An-Chih Wang

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Min-Ping Huang

Yuan Ze University ( email )

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Taoyuan, ROC
Taiwan

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