Parochialism and implications for Chinese firms' globalization

Jing Betty Feng, Leigh Anne Liu, Chunyan Jiang

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Abstract

We explore the meaning of parochialism (xiao nong yi shi) to explain certain paradoxical Chinese managerial behaviors. We discuss how cultural, political, and economic traditions in China formed a salient context to cultivate parochialism. Qualitative data from Chinese and American managers reveal that the conceptual framework of parochialism includes a cognitive dimension of closed-mindedness, a behavioral dimension of self-protection, and a relational dimension of in-group focused social relationship. Parochialism hampers effective globalization of Chinese firms because it negatively impacts key facets of organizational culture: employee development, communication, customer orientation, social responsibility, strategic planning, and innovation. The study offers theoretical and practical implications for Chinese management research and the development of global competence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-736
Number of pages32
JournalManagement and Organization Review
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management

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