Chinese and American Arbitrators: Examining the Effects of Attributions on Award Decisions
18 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2004
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
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