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Title: Use of white lies to preserve workplace harmony in a Chinese collectivistic culture.
Authors: Chan, Shu Wen.
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Sociology::Culture::Chinese
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: This study examines whether white lies possess three basic functions, namely self-serving, other-benefitting and social desirability, in preserving workplace harmony in a Chinese Collectivistic culture. Face concerns of both the self and others are also noted to examine their roles in influencing the use of white lies. Nineteen in-depth interviews were conducted on fourteen women and five men (mean age = 23.58), mainly Chinese, of various occupational backgrounds in Singapore. Findings confirmed that the three functions did co-exist in white lies to preserve workplace harmony. In addition, findings supported that the concern for other-face, but not the concern for self-face, did play a role in influencing the use of white lies. Underlying motives for using white lies were also discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10356/42428
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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