High Commitment Work Systems in Chinese Organizations: A Preliminary Measure

20 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2006  

Zhixing Xiao

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

Ingmar Björkman

Hanken School of Economics - Department of Management and Organisation; Aalto University - School of Business

Abstract

The concept of a high commitment work system (HCWS) has mostly been used in the West to study the relationship between a firm's work systems and organizational performance. In this paper, we introduce a preliminary measure of HCWS in China based on the definition of Baron and Kreps (1999). In study 1, we tested the measure by surveying 442 employees in China's information technology (IT) industry. In study 2, we re-tested the same measure from the perspective of human resource (HR) executives in 126 foreign-invested companies. The analyses not only provided some evidence for the construct validity of this preliminary measure of a high commitment work system, but also produced some interesting results that can only be understood with regards to the history and institutional backgrounds of Chinese organizations.

Keywords: high commitment work system, China, scale development

Suggested Citation

Xiao, Zhixing and Björkman, Ingmar, High Commitment Work Systems in Chinese Organizations: A Preliminary Measure. Management and Organization Review, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 403-422, November 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=938849 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1740-8784.2006.00049.x

Zhixing Xiao (Contact Author)

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) ( email )

Shanghai-Hongfeng Road
Shanghai 201206
Shanghai 201206
China

Ingmar Bjorkman

Hanken School of Economics - Department of Management and Organisation ( email )

FI-00101 Helsinki
Finland

Aalto University - School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 21210
AALTO, FI-00076
Finland

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