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Title: What is guanxi? a review of definitions.
Authors: Phang, Xiao Feng.
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: This article aims to address the shortfall in current guanxi literature on its lack of a single primary interpretation. Guanxi (关系) has become a term that is synonymous in understanding Chinese social behavior, yet there is a corresponding lack of research in the psychology discipline. Through examining existing interpretations and definitions of guanxi, recurrent themes were identified from prominent definitions, and then reassembled into a final working interpretation. The recurring themes identified were (a) interpersonal connections, (b) multi-leveled, (c) lack of equivalence in western concepts, and (d) guanxi involves other indigenous Chinese constructs. Evidences of recurrence were presented. Future directions and recommendations in guanxi research were discussed.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:HSS Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI)

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