Parochialism and implications for Chinese firms’ globalization

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Feng, Jing Betty
Liu, Leigh Anne
Jiang, Chunyan
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2019
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Chinese management theory , Chinese managerial culture , managerial cognition , parochialism
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We explore the meaning of parochialism (xiao nong yi shi) to explain certain paradoxical Chinese managerial behaviors. We discuss how cultural, political, and economic traditions in China formed a salient context to cultivate parochialism. Qualitative data from Chinese and American managers reveal that the conceptual framework of parochialism includes a cognitive dimension of closed-mindedness, a behavioral dimension of self-protection, and a relational dimension of in-group focused social relationship. Parochialism hampers effective globalization of Chinese firms because it negatively impacts key facets of organizational culture: employee development, communication, customer orientation, social responsibility, strategic planning, and innovation. The study offers theoretical and practical implications for Chinese management research and the development of global competence.
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The document provided here is the Author's Manuscript, posted in accordance with terms and conditions for authors to humanities and social science journals published by Cambridge University Press, © 2019 The International Association for Chinese Management Research. The version of record can be found at https://doi.org/10.1017/mor.2019.12.
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