Confucian HRM or unitarism with Chinese characteristics? A study of worker attitudes to work reform and management in three state-owned enterprises

Danford, A. and Zhao, W. (2012) Confucian HRM or unitarism with Chinese characteristics? A study of worker attitudes to work reform and management in three state-owned enterprises. Work, Employment and Society, 26 (5). pp. 839-856. ISSN 0950-0170

[img] Microsoft Word - Accepted Version
188kB
[img]
Preview
PDF - Accepted Version
571kB

Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017012451635

Abstract

This article addresses the changing nature of factory regimes in China. It analyses worker attitudes to management control and workplace change in three state-owned automotive enterprises. In the context of the diffusion of new management methods that, for some writers, are seen to contain the potential for blending western concepts of unitarism with traditional Chinese values centred on harmony and loyalty, the article provides case study evidence of tightly controlled and highly disciplined work environments which generate a countervailing pattern of interest dissonance between workers and their managers. This raises the possibility of a broader underlying dynamic of disharmony and conflict in the Chinese economy.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Confucian HRM, unitarism, Chinese, characteristics, worker attitudes, work reform, management, state-owned enterprises
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law
ID Code:17320
Deposited By: Professor A. Danford
Deposited On:20 Sep 2012 16:59
Last Modified:20 Mar 2014 16:28

Request a change to this item

Total Document Downloads in Past 12 Months

Document Downloads

Total Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...
Copyright 2013 © UWE better together