Chinese and American Arbitrators: Examining the Effects of Attributions on Award Decisions

18 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2004

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Ray Friedman

Vanderbilt University - Organizational Behavior

Chao C. Chen

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Management & Global Business

Shu-Cheng Chi

National Taiwan University - Department of Business Administration

Wu Liu

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Abstract

Most arbitration research has been conducted in United States, despite the growth of arbitration internationally. In this study, we plan to examine one area where cross-cultural differences between Chinese and Americans have been found - attribution - and explore what effects this might have on arbitrator decisions. Cross-cultural attribution literature indicates Americans tend to make more dispositional attributions, while Chinese tend to make more situational or contextual attributions, and that Americans tend to attribute results to a person's ability while Chinese tend to attribute results to a person's effort. We propose that these attribution differences influence arbitrator decisions and will conduct a cross-cultural field experiment to test our hypotheses.

Keywords: Arbitration, Attribution, Cross-culture

JEL Classification: J52

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Raymond A. and Chen, Chao C. and Chi, Shu-Cheng and Liu, Wu, Chinese and American Arbitrators: Examining the Effects of Attributions on Award Decisions. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=602071 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.602071

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Chao C. Chen

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Management & Global Business ( email )

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Shu-Cheng Chi

National Taiwan University - Department of Business Administration ( email )

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Wu Liu

Hong Kong Polytechnic University ( email )

Hung Hom Kowloon
Hong Kong

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