Title

Effective Japanese leadership in China : co-operative goals and applying abilities for mutual benefit

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Publication Date

6-1-2004

Volume

15

Issue

4/5

First Page

730

Last Page

749

Keywords

Applying abilities, Goal interdependence, Japanese, Leadership

Abstract

In the global marketplace, managers and employees must work together even though they may have suspicions based on their different countries' historical rivalry. Social psychological research suggests that co-operative goals and applying abilities for mutual benefit can strengthen the leader relationship between Japanese managers and their Chinese employees. Working in Japanese enterprises in Shanghai, China, 100 employees in private Japanese companies in China indicated their goal interdependence with their Japanese and Chinese managers, their applying abilities for mutual benefit and their conclusions that their manager had valuable abilities and was an effective leader. Structural equation analysis suggested that applying abilities for mutual benefit mediates the relationship between goal interdependence and leader resourcefulness and effectiveness, especially when the manager is Chinese and less so when their manager is Japanese. These results, coupled with previous research, were interpreted as suggesting that co-operative goals and applying abilities for mutual benefit contribute to effective leadership even when managers and employees have different nationalities.

DOI

10.1080/0958519042000192924

Print ISSN

09585192

E-ISSN

14464399

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Recommended Citation

Liu, C., Tjosvold, D., & Wong, M. (2004). Effective Japanese leadership in China: Co-operative goals and applying abilities for mutual benefit. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 15(4/5), 730-749. doi: 10.1080/0958519042000192924