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Managing opportunism in China : the roles of Guanxi, environmental uncertainty, and management culture
Journal of Global Marketing
  • Ada Hiu kan WONG, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Yu TIAN, Sun Yat-sen University; Hubei University of Economics
  • Patrick POON, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
4-4-2016
Publisher
Routledge
Keywords
  • Culture,
  • environmental uncertainty,
  • effect size,
  • guanxi,
  • opportunism
Abstract

Opportunism is known to have detrimental effects on firm performance. Hence, this is important to investigate factors that reduce opportunism. This study aims to examine the effects of guanxi, environmental uncertainty, and management culture on opportunism in China. A questionnaire survey of 211 Chinese dealer companies reveals that guanxi reduces dealers' opportunism and this negative relationship is stronger among firms adopting a Chinese management culture. Environmental uncertainty shows positive effect on opportunism but the relationship is weakened by guanxi. The findings also suggest that the moderating effect of guanxi may be strengthened in the presence of a Chinese management culture.

DOI
10.1080/08911762.2016.1139223
E-ISSN
15286975
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Wong, A. H. K., Tian, Y., & Poon, P. (2016). Managing opportunism in China: The roles of Guanxi, environmental uncertainty, and management culture. Journal of Global Marketing, 29(2), 98-111. doi: 10.1080/08911762.2016.1139223