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Publication date: 16 February 2010

Bi‐Fen Hsu, Wan‐Yu Chen, Mei‐Ling Wang and Yen‐Yu Lin

Previous studies of manufacturing management have ignored a critical theme: the relationship between supervisory support and work‐family conflict. This paper aims to…

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Purpose

Previous studies of manufacturing management have ignored a critical theme: the relationship between supervisory support and work‐family conflict. This paper aims to explore the link between interpersonal relationships, guanxi, leader‐member exchange (LMX) theory, emotional intelligence (EI), supervisory support, and work‐family conflict.

Design/methodology/approach

The unit of analysis of this research is the dyad; the paper gathered 244 valid questionnaires from workers in traditional industries in Taiwan and China. Multiple regression analyses were used to analyze the data and to test the hypotheses.

Findings

The paper finds that supervisory support for work‐family conflict has faded in traditional industries. And, it finds that leaders with a higher level of LMX and expressive ties to their subordinates tend to offer a higher level of supervisory support, but that leaders with higher level of instrumental ties to their subordinates tend to offer lower levels of support. Finally, the survey results also show that a leader's level of EI is not related to supervisory support.

Originality/value

The research combines Western concepts of relationships with the Eastern concept of guanxi with the goal of clarifying the transfer of management concepts and exploring the explanatory power of guanxi in Chinese society. Although the empirical results of this study do not totally agree with expectations, they treat the benefits of supervisors' EI for organizations from a new point of view.

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Journal of Technology Management in China, vol. 5 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-8779

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Publication date: 7 October 2013

Wan-Yu Chen, Mei-Ling Wang and Bi-Fen Hsu

Human resource management may have great distinctions in different cultural contexts; past researches have increasingly discovered the differences between Eastern and…

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Purpose

Human resource management may have great distinctions in different cultural contexts; past researches have increasingly discovered the differences between Eastern and Western perspectives. For employee selection, Chinese bosses usually employ acquaintances and relative bases on accumulated favors and relationship intensity in Chinese society. This study aims to investigate the relative importance of P-J fit, P-O fit and guanxi when Chinese recruiters judge the qualifications of job applicants.

Design/methodology/approach

To test the hypotheses in this paper, the authors use a policy capturing methodology that is widely used for analyses of human judgment and decision making. This design enables the authors to infer the way managers integrate different indices of selection in making decisions. During the period of time, the study was running, 95 participants with hiring experience in Chinese regions completed the task, and they were from several industries for the generalization of this study.

Findings

The results indicate that P-J fit, P-O fit and guanxi all have a unique impact on manager's hiring decisions in Chinese society, and P-J fit is weighted more heavily than P-O fit and guanxi.

Originality/value

This is the first study that integrates the Eastern and the Western perspectives, supplements the gap between selection and fit theory in the West and proves that P-J fit, P-O fit and Chinese guanxi all have individual influence on hiring decisions. “Guanxi” is the key factor that has great impact on the process of hiring decisions in Chinese societies compared with Western organizations.

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Journal of Technology Management in China, vol. 8 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-8779

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Publication date: 16 February 2010

Tugrul Daim

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Journal of Technology Management in China, vol. 5 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-8779

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Publication date: 7 October 2013

Shawn M. Carraher

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Journal of Technology Management in China, vol. 8 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-8779

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