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Cross-Cultural Variations in Climate for Autonomy, Stress and Organizational Productivity Relationships: A Comparison of Chinese and UK Manufacturing Organizations

16 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2011  

Giles Hirst

Aston University - Business School

Pawan Budhwar

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Brian Cooper

Monash University - Department of Management

Michael A. West

Aston University - Aston Business School

Chen Long

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Xu Chongyua

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Helen Shipton

Aston University - Aston Business School

Date Written: December 2008

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.

Suggested Citation

Hirst, Giles and Budhwar, Pawan and Cooper, Brian and West, Michael A. and Long, Chen and Chongyua, Xu and Shipton, Helen, Cross-Cultural Variations in Climate for Autonomy, Stress and Organizational Productivity Relationships: A Comparison of Chinese and UK Manufacturing Organizations (December 2008). Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 39, Issue 8, pp. 1343-1358, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1808473 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2008.50

Giles Hirst (Contact Author)

Aston University - Business School ( email )

Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B47ET
United Kingdom

Pawan Budhwar

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School ( email )

Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff, CF10 3EU
United Kingdom
+ 44 (0) 29 20 85214 (Phone)
+ 44 (0)29 20874419 (Fax)

Brian Cooper

Monash University - Department of Management ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3168
Australia
+61 3 990 31233 (Phone)
+61 3 990 32718 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.buseco.monash.edu.au/mgt/staff/cooper_brian.php

Michael A. West

Aston University - Aston Business School ( email )

Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B47ET
United Kingdom

Chen Long

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

52 Sanlihe Rd.
Datun Road, Anwai
Beijing, Xicheng District 100864
China

Xu Chongyua

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

52 Sanlihe Rd.
Datun Road, Anwai
Beijing, Xicheng District 100864
China

Helen Shipton

Aston University - Aston Business School ( email )

Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B47ET
United Kingdom
+44 0 121 204 3237 (Phone)

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