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Publication date: 27 March 2020

Aiqi Wu, Xiaotong Zhong and Di Song

This paper aims to explore the influence of entrepreneur’s political involvement on private-own enterprises’ (POEs’) selection of two inter-organizational conflict…

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the influence of entrepreneur’s political involvement on private-own enterprises’ (POEs’) selection of two inter-organizational conflict resolutions approaches (private approach and public approach), in the context of China’s transition economy.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing on a sample of POEs operating in China’s transition economy in the year 2000, this study investigates the possible association between the entrepreneur’s political involvement and the approach chosen to resolve inter-organizational conflicts. A further step is taken to look into the implications of such a choice.

Findings

The empirical study reveals that those POEs with greater entrepreneurial political involvement have the propensity to rely on public approach. In general, POEs are more satisfied with the private approach than the public approach when managing conflicts. Besides, the study shows that the positive effects derived from the entrepreneur’s satisfaction on private approach will be weakened in more established institutions.

Originality/value

This paper has its unique contribution in highlighting the significance of how entrepreneurs’ political involvement interferes with inter-organizational conflict resolution.

Details

International Journal of Conflict Management, vol. 31 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1044-4068

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Article
Publication date: 13 January 2022

Di Song, Aiqi Wu, Xiaotong Zhong and Shufan Yu

This study aims to introduce an important temporal dimension to the research on institution and entrepreneurship in the transition period. This study develops the concept…

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Purpose

This study aims to introduce an important temporal dimension to the research on institution and entrepreneurship in the transition period. This study develops the concept of pre-reform institutional embeddedness, and explores its impact on entrepreneurial reinvestment of private firms in China’s transition economy.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used secondary data of a nationally representative sample of China’s private firms collected in the early days of the institutional transition period and applied ordinary least squares regressions and the Baron and Kenny approach to test the theoretical model.

Findings

Pre-reform institutional embeddedness has a negative impact on entrepreneurial reinvestment of private firms in the transition period. This relationship is mediated by guanxi-induced employment, such that pre-reform institutional embeddedness promotes guanxi-induced employment, which in turn discourages a private firm to reinvest. Additionally, the negative impact of guanxi-induced employment on entrepreneurial reinvestment is reduced when decentralization of decision-making is used.

Practical implications

First, entrepreneurs should be aware of pre-reform institutional embeddedness’ negative influence on firms’ risk-taking abilities and incentives. Private firms already constrained by this connection could alleviate the negative impacts through a widespread delegation of decision-making authority. Second, policymakers should be cautious about improper government-business relationships, which may discourage private firms from fully pursuing entrepreneurial growth opportunities.

Originality/value

This paper makes theoretical contributions to the literature on entrepreneurial reinvestment, embeddedness perspective of entrepreneurship and imprinting theory.

Details

Chinese Management Studies, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1750-614X

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Article
Publication date: 27 May 2014

Aiqi Wu, Shengxiao Li and Huafeng Wang

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) intermediary ties on new ventures’ product innovation. Product…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) intermediary ties on new ventures’ product innovation. Product innovation is a critical strategy for new ventures’ survival and growth. However, as a result of smallness and newness, new ventures usually face considerable difficulties in product innovation and require support to help their innovation search and innovation activities.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire survey of 145 Chinese new ventures is used to test presented hypotheses empirically.

Findings

This study finds that the intensity of KIBS intermediary ties has a positive influence on innovation, while the diversity of KIBS intermediary ties has no influence on new ventures’ product innovation. Moreover, the relationship between the intensity of KIBS intermediary ties and new ventures’ product innovation is moderated by the degree of their international venturing and ties with other firms.

Originality/value

This study enriches understanding of the important roles of KIBS intermediary ties on new ventures’ product innovation.

Details

Chinese Management Studies, vol. 8 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1750-614X

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Publication date: 4 June 2020

Renhuai Liu, Steven Si, Song Lin, Dean Tjosvold and Richard Posthuma

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International Journal of Conflict Management, vol. 31 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1044-4068

Article
Publication date: 1 August 2016

Haidong Zheng and Yue Zhang

The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between firm size, the nature of ownership and corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance in China and to…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between firm size, the nature of ownership and corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance in China and to figure out the reason that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) usually perform better in CSR activities than private enterprises.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted two studies of CSR in China. In the first study, the authors developed and assessed a CSR measure; second study was to investigate the difference of CSR behavioral performance between SOEs and private enterprises.

Findings

The authors found that the differences in CSR performances between SOEs and private enterprises were not caused by the nature of ownership as most Chinese scholars used to believe. Actually, the differences came from the differences of firm size, which had been ignored in prior studies on factors influencing CSR performance. The size of SOEs is usually much larger than private enterprises, and larger enterprises often perform better in the field of CSR. In a word, the size rather than the nature of ownership is the main reason that CSR performances of SOEs are better than private enterprises.

Originality/value

Though many papers in China suggested that SOEs performed much better than private enterprises in CSR activities, the authors proved that this belief was a misunderstanding. It was found that SOEs were usually larger than private enterprises, which might have confused their efforts to find the real reason that SOEs and private enterprises perform differently in CSR. The authors also developed a measuring tool of CSR based on the Stakeholder Theory, which would be a new measurement tool for future studies, especially for emerging market economies and unlisted companies.

Details

Chinese Management Studies, vol. 10 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1750-614X

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