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Knowledge management in Chinese organizations : collectivist values for open-minded discussions
International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • Guoquan CHEN, Tsinghua University, China
  • Dean William TJOSVOLD, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Nan LI, State Council, China
  • Yue FU, Tsinghua University, China
  • Dawei LIU, Tsinghua University, China
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  • China,
  • Collectivism,
  • Controversy,
  • Individualism,
  • Knowledge sharing,
  • Organizational values

Employees from different departments of an organization often do not have the relationships and interaction patterns that facilitate integrating and applying their knowledge together. This study proposes that departments that develop collectivist rather than individualist relationships engage in constructive controversy (CC) and share knowledge. Results using data from CEOs and Vice Presidents of various industries and regions of China suggested that collectivist but not individualistic values promote open-minded discussion of views which results in knowledge sharing. Coupled with previous research, these results suggest that collectivist values and CC provide an important foundation for productive knowledge management in organizations.

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Chen, G., Tjosvold, D., & Li, N., Fu, Y., & Liu, D. (2011). Knowledge management in Chinese organizations: Collectivist values for open-minded discussions. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 22(16), 3393-3412. doi: 10.1080/09585192.2011.560864