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Task and relationship orientation of Chinese students and managers in the automotive industry

Bahaudin G. Mujtaba (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)
Hongmin Cai (Chang'An University, Xi'an City, People's Republic of China)
Yunshan Lian (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)
Han Ping (The School of Management, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, People's Republic of China)

Journal of Technology Management in China

ISSN: 1746-8779

Article publication date: 7 October 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to study the management approach of automotive industry managers and students in China.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper focused on comparing the leadership orientation of respondents and compared 200 working managers with 181 graduate students in the automotive industry.

Findings

It appears that these Chinese respondents from the automotive industry have significantly higher scores on the relationship orientation than task orientation. Managers have significantly higher scores on both dimensions of leadership. Similarly, the female respondents in China had similar scores as their male colleagues.

Research limitations/implications

It appears that being socialized in a collectivistic or high context culture can lead to higher focus on relationship orientation. Based on the results, practical implications and application for future research are explored.

Originality/value

This paper is original and analyzes the leadership orientation of respondents.

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Citation

G. Mujtaba, B., Cai, H., Lian, Y. and Ping, H. (2013), "Task and relationship orientation of Chinese students and managers in the automotive industry", Journal of Technology Management in China, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 142-154. https://doi.org/10.1108/JTMC-07-2013-0030

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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