Conflict Resolution Strategies of Chinese Private Entrepreneurs: The Role of Political Participation

Posted: 19 Oct 2009

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Wang Guofeng

U. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC)

Ray Friedman

Vanderbilt University - Organizational Behavior

Tae-Hyun Kim

Northwestern University

Runtian Jing

Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Date Written: June 15, 2009

Abstract

This study investigated the link between private entrepreneurs’ political networking and organizational strategies for conflict management in China. We predicted, and found, that those with political influence were more likely to use a “rights” approach to resolve inter-organizational disputes (i.e., going to court), while those without political influence were more likely to use an “interests” approach (i.e., mediation and negotiation). There were no differences between those with and without political influence in use of “power” (i.e., going directly to government agencies). These findings are based on a survey of 4149 private Chinese entrepreneurs in 1995, 1997, and 2000.

Suggested Citation

Guofeng, Wang and Friedman, Raymond A. and Kim, Tae-Hyun and Jing, Runtian, Conflict Resolution Strategies of Chinese Private Entrepreneurs: The Role of Political Participation (June 15, 2009). 22nd Annual IACM Conference, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1488628 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1488628

Wang Guofeng (Contact Author)

U. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) ( email )

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Raymond A. Friedman

Vanderbilt University - Organizational Behavior ( email )

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Tae-Hyun Kim

Northwestern University ( email )

2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

Runtian Jing

Shanghai Jiao Tong University ( email )

Antai College of Economics and Management
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, Shanghai 200052
China

Shanghai Jiao Tong University ( email )

KoGuan Law School
Shanghai 200030, Shanghai 200052
China

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