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The culture relativity in the knowledge flow: An integrative framework in the Chinese context

Xin Qing (School of International Economics and Trade, Shandong University of Finance, Jinan, People's Republic of China)

Chinese Management Studies

ISSN: 1750-614X

Article publication date: 13 June 2008




This paper attempts to explore the relativity of unique Chinese culture in the process of knowledge search, knowledge transfer and knowledge integration and put forward policy suggestions for practitioners.


A conceptual framework is proposed in order to analyze the influence of different dimensions of culture on knowledge flow. Foundational support for this framework is drawn from existing researches. Policy suggestions are presented based on the framework.


Ten propositions are demonstrated concerning how to facilitate knowledge flow efficiently with the mediation of cultural variations.

Research limitations/implications

This paper concerns culture at national level only. Culture that varies at a lesser level, such as organizational or occupational culture, also has an influence on knowledge management.


Although cultural relevance in knowledge management is recognized, there is a lack of research with specific reference to the Chinese cultural context. This paper contributes in conceptualizing the analyzing framework and providing further insight into the complexity of cultural relevance in knowledge management in China.



Qing, X. (2008), "The culture relativity in the knowledge flow: An integrative framework in the Chinese context", Chinese Management Studies, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 109-121.



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