Title

Toward performance-based compensation : a study of the gaps between organizational practices and employee preferences with regard to compensation criteria in the state-owned sector in China

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Publication Date

5-1-2011

Volume

22

Issue

9

First Page

1986

Last Page

2010

Keywords

China, compensation criteria, gaps, state\-owned enterprises

Abstract

This study seeks to explore the gaps between employees' preferences of compensation criteria and compensation criteria adopted in the state-owned sector in China. A survey among 772 employees from a large state-owned enterprise shows that employee preferences were at variance with organizational practices in that employees emphasized performance-oriented (i.e. task- relevant and collaboration-relevant) criteria more, and personal background criteria less, than did organizational practices. These gaps were moderated by employees' education level and tenure. Employees with higher education and shorter tenure showed larger gaps between preferred criteria and those used in the organization. Interviews of employees further substantiated the quantitative findings and provided some reasons for the existence of the gaps. Theoretical and practical of the results are discussed.

DOI

10.1080/09585192.2011.573974

Print ISSN

09585192

E-ISSN

14664399

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Recommended Citation

Wu, P., Chen, T., & Leung, K. (2011). Toward performance-based compensation: A study of the gaps between organizational practices and employee preferences with regard to compensation criteria in the state-owned sector in China. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 22(9), 1986-2010. doi: 10.1080/09585192.2011.573974