Approaches to Scale Development in Chinese Management Research

18 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2006

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Jiing-Lih Larry Farh

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Management & Organization

Albert A. Cannella

Texas A&M University

Cynthia Lee

Northeastern University - Management Information Systems Area

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Abstract

We classify survey scales or measures currently used in Chinese management research along two dimensions - the source of the scale and expectations about its cultural specificity. Based on these two dimensions, we differentiate four approaches to scale development: translation, adaptation, de-contextualization, and contextualization. We describe the key assumptions, strengths and limitations of each approach and their roles in Chinese management research. We illustrate the four approaches by commenting on the five articles in this special issue.

Suggested Citation

Farh, Jiing-Lih Larry and Cannella, Albert A. and Lee, Cynthia, Approaches to Scale Development in Chinese Management Research. Management and Organization Review, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 301-318, November 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=938855 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1740-8784.2006.00055.x

Jiing-Lih Larry Farh (Contact Author)

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Albert A. Cannella

Texas A&M University ( email )

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Cynthia Lee

Northeastern University - Management Information Systems Area ( email )

Boston, MA 02115
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