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Title: The fine line between jianli guanxi and la guanxi.
Authors: Loh, Wan Fong.
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Psychology::Applied psychology
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: This exploratory qualitative study aims to further the understanding of the differences between jianli guanxi and la guanxi. Based on the definitions expressed by Zhu and Zhang (2007), Fan (2002b) and van Knippenberg and Steensma (2003) respectively, I drew parallels between jianli guanxi, helper guanxi and soft influence tactics; parallels between la guanxi, business guanxi and hard influence tactics. The interviews sought to investigate how Taiwanese establish guanxi outside of the workplace and the reasons behind it. Participants were 12 Taiwanese males (mean age = 43.7) and 23 Taiwanese females (mean age = 36.3) from various occupations and socioeconomic backgrounds. Results showed that the way males build guanxi was more congruous to la guanxi and the way females build guanxi was more congruous to jianli guanxi. Based on the findings, I conclude that the amount of effort invested and value placed the relationship differentiates jianli guanxi from la guanxi.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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