The influence of relation-based and rule-based regulations on hiring decisions in the Australian and Hong Kong Chinese cultural contexts

Christina Sue-Chan, Marie T. Dasborough

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Abstract

Investigation of the cultural factors that may influence the employment decisions of managers is of increasing importance in the global business environment. The purpose of this research is to examine whether particularistic ties based on friendship influence hiring practices in relation-based (Hong Kong Chinese) and rule-based (Australian) cultural contexts. Three studies were conducted to examine this research question. Results indicate that friendship-based particularistic ties, specifically guanxi and mateship, can influence hiring decisions in both relation- and rule-based cultural contexts. The results of the studies have implications for human resource managers with regards to staffing organizations operating in different cultural contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1267-1292
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume17
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hiring decisions
  • Particularistic ties
  • Relation-based regulation
  • Rule-based regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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