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Title: Entrepreneurship and SME Strategy in the Chinese Economic Transition: A perspective of personal values
Contributor(s): Gao, K (author); Kotey, Bernice Adei  (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: The economic reform in China is creating a cultural context in which both Western and Eastern value systems relevant to business co-exist. Although the influence of Western culture on overseas Chinese owner-managers is discussed in the literature, it is unclear as to what extent Chinese CEOs on the mainland exhibit entrepreneurial as opposed conservative values and how their positions on the entrepreneurial-conservative continuum affect their strategic decisions. These issues are addressed in this study and interrelationships among the Rokeach and Chinese personal value systems assessed. The findings portray the Chinese CEO as having a dual value system comprising both entrepreneurial and conservative values both of which are necessary for successful business operation in the Chinese context. The findings reveal that the entrepreneurial-conservative continuum does not apply as simply to the mainland Chinese CEOs as depicted in the Western literature and that the association between Chinese values and strategies is more complex.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: 53rd Annual World Conference of the International Council for Small Business - Advancing Small Business and Entrepreneurship: From Research to Results, Halifax, Canada, 22nd - 25th June, 2008
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 53rd ICSB World Conference
Publisher: ICSB: International Council for Small Business
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 150314 Small Business Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 910402 Management
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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