Getting Beneath a Country-Level Understanding of Chinese Work Values: Regions and Generations within China

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 2:00 PM
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It has been argued by scholars that the country-level of analysis is too general to understand the nuances of work values and behaviors within a country. This is particularly relevant for countries in transition, such as China. In this presentation, we focus on the differences and similarities of two types of country sub-cultures—regions and generations. Our region analysis takes a longitudinal perspective (1994-2005) to examine global, country-level and region-specific influences on the values orientations of businesspersons in three regional clusters in China.  Next, we investigate how socio-economic and political events in China have defined generational sub-cultures to have different sets of values and attitudes. 

Speakers: Dr. David A. Ralston, PhD
and Dr. Carolyn P. Egri, PhD

David A. Ralston is a Professor at Florida International University. In 1969, he began his career with IBM. In 1981, he joined the University of Connecticut faculty. In 1999, he accepted the Michael Price Chair in International Business at the University of Oklahoma. In 2010, he joined the FIU faculty.

His research interests have focused upon cross-cultural management related to values, ethics, influence and corporate responsibility. He has organized a research group, University Fellow International Research Consortium, which consists of over sixty colleagues. He was the AIB recipient of the 2007 Decade Award for best paper in 1997. He currently serves as a Consulting Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies, and serves on several other Editorial Boards.

Dr. Carolyn Egri is the William J.A. Rowe EMBA Alumni Professor in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. A prolific researcher with numerous publications and presentations, she has examined CSR and sustainability as well as corporate culture around the world. Her work has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Business Ethics.

Dr. Egri has been Chair of the Academy of Management’s Organizations and the Natural Environment Division, and a director of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. In addition, she has served as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Learning & Education journal, co-editor of journal special issues on sustainability and CSR topics, and on a variety of academic journal editorial boards. Dr. Egri makes leadership, CSR and sustainability the focus of her teaching, for the Beedie School of Business and other organizations. Recognition of her teaching includes the David L. Bradford Outstanding Educator Award from the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society for Management Educators, and the TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award from the SFU Beedie School of Business.


2–3:30 pm, March 11, 2015

SFU at Harbour Centre (room 1415)
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
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