The challenge of defining guanxi in a contemporary business context : a review

Guo, Carlin & Chang, Artemis (2010) The challenge of defining guanxi in a contemporary business context : a review. In Proceedings of 7th Asian Academy of Management Conference, Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Center, Macau, China.

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Guanxi has become a common term in the wider business environment and has attracted the increasing attention of researchers. Despite this, a consistent understanding of the concept continues to prove elusive. We review the extant business literature to highlight the major inconsistencies in the way guanxi is currently conceptualized: the breadth, linguistic-cultural depth, temporality, and level of analysis. We conclude with a clearer conceptualization of guanxi which separates the core elements from antecedents and consequences of guanxi. Furthermore, we compare and contrast guanxi with western correlates such as social networks and social capitals to further consolidate our understanding of guanxi.

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ID Code: 40867
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Guanxi, Contemporary Business Context, Review
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > International Business (150308)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2011 03:56
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2011 06:08

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