Casual Attribution for Inter-Firm Contract Violation: A Comparative Study of Chinese and American Commercial Arbitrators

32 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2006

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Ray Friedman

Vanderbilt University - Organizational Behavior

Wu Liu

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Chao C. Chen

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

Shu-Cheng Chi

National Taiwan University - Department of Business Administration

Date Written: October 2006

Abstract

In this study, we examine differences between Chinese and American commercial arbitrators. We predict, and find, that Chinese arbitrators make higher awards for inter-firm contract violations than Americans. This difference is partially explained by differences in attributions. Prior theory suggests, and we find, that Chinese tend to have more internal attributions for events when observing group actions. When evidence provided to arbitrators is mixed (evidence is provided for both internal and external attributions), Chinese-American differences in awards become even stronger.

Keywords: Arbitration, Attribution, Chinese, Culture, Cross-cultural, Ambiguity

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Raymond A. and Liu, Wu and Chen, Chao C. and Chi, Shu-Cheng, Casual Attribution for Inter-Firm Contract Violation: A Comparative Study of Chinese and American Commercial Arbitrators (October 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=938210 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.938210

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Wu Liu

Hong Kong Polytechnic University ( email )

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Shu-Cheng Chi

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