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Title: Taiwan Chinese managers' personality : is confucian influence on the wane?
Authors: Wong, ALY
Shaw, GH
Ng, DKC
Keywords: Chinese personality
Confucian values
CPAI
Economic reforms
Globalization
Taiwan managers
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: International journal of human resource management, 2010, v. 21, no. 7, p. 1108-1123 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of human resource management 
Abstract: This paper conjectures that Chinese managers' personality in the Taiwan context, as shaped by Chinese tradition, has been moderated in response to their career experience. The paper begins with an introduction to Chinese culture and its impact on values and personality. It then goes on to argue that if the cultural context can nurture personality, we should therefore expect that as the context changes, personality can be moderated via economic reforms as in the case of Taiwan. It is reasonable to assume that among the Taiwanese, the occupational grouping that has most actively felt the impact of these reforms is managers who have been at the forefront of making them happen. We are not aware of any studies focusing on Taiwanese managers which attempt to assess how far their personality is still shaped by Confucian values which have strongly influenced Chinese traditions, and how far it has experienced changes that have come about through modernization and economic reform. We have addressed this research gap using the Chinese Personality Assessment Inventory (CPAI), an indigenous Chinese personality instrument developed by Cheung et al. (1996) with the support of an interview programme and a biographical data sheet to flesh out details related to the subjects' lives and experience. The findings suggest that the traditional Chinese personality with its grounding in Confucianism has been gradually eroding but that some elements of it are still strongly in evidence. The contribution of this study lies in illustrating how personality may be undergoing convergence through modernization. It also signals that cultural boundaries with reference to emic and etic research may also be converging. To the extent that this is so, future studies on culture and business management in China may need to reappraise their understanding of the nature of Chinese culture, values and personality, and how they have responded to business forces in a globalized world.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/16280
ISSN: 0958-5192
EISSN: 1466-4399
DOI: 10.1080/09585191003783546
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