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Title: An investigation of leadership styles and relationship cultures of Chinese and expatriate managers in multinational construction companies in Hong Kong
Authors: Wong, J
Wong, PNK
Li, H 
Keywords: China
Culture
International business
Leadership
Project manager
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Construction management and economics, 2007, v. 25, no. 1, p. 95-106 How to cite?
Journal: Construction management and economics 
Abstract: Cross-cultural leadership research has predicted that the Chinese are perceived as people-oriented and prefer a high-context power relationship, whereas Westerners are perceived as task-oriented and prefer a low-context power relationship. However, such general predictions are less accurate when intercultural interactions exist in multicultural workplaces. For this reason leadership perceptions and power relationships of both Chinese and Western expatriate project managers are explored in multinational construction firms in Hong Kong. Questionnaire data from 45 project managers and 61 subordinates suggested that the local (Hong Kong) Chinese and Western expatriate managers do not differ significantly in terms of leadership perceptions and power relationships. Both manager groups equally considered the importance of task performance and interpersonal relationships. Two possibilities are proposed which lead to similar leadership and power relationship styles of managers from different cultural orientations: the 'intercultural adjustment' of expatriates, and the adaptation of Western styles of leadership by the Hong Kong Chinese project managers.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/14748
ISSN: 0144-6193
EISSN: 1466-433X
DOI: 10.1080/01446190600632573
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