Title

Empowerment in the manager-employee relationship in Hong Kong : interdependence and controversy

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Social Psychology

Publication Date

10-1-1998

Volume

138

Issue

5

First Page

624

Last Page

636

Abstract

M. Deutsch's (1949) theory of cooperation and competition may be usefully extended to the study of effective, empowering, managerial leadership in Chinese settings. Results of structural equation modeling and other analyses on data collected from interviews of Chinese managers and employees in Hong Kong indicated that cooperative goals contributed to constructive discussion between managers and employees and that such discussions, in turn, resulted in productive work and stronger work relationships. Cooperative goals and constructive controversy also predicted democratic leadership and the power of employees and managers. The results suggest that Chinese and North American managers may operationalize goals and controversy differently.

DOI

10.1080/00224549809600417

Print ISSN

00224545

E-ISSN

19401183

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Tjosvold, D., Hui, C., & Law, K. S. (1998). Empowerment in the manager-employee relationship in Hong Kong: Interdependence and controversy. Journal of Social Psychology, 138(5), 624-636. doi: 10.1080/00224549809600417