Organizational Culture in China: An Analysis of Culture Dimensions and Culture Types

Anne S. Tsui (First Author), Katherine R. Xin (Participant Author), Hui Wang (Participant Author)

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The economic and market reforms in China have given rise to firms with three distinct types of ownership: state-owned enterprises, private domestic enterprises, and foreign-invested firms. The three studies reported in this paper addressed the questions of whether organizational culture varies among firms with different ownership structures and whether it relates to firm performance or employee attitudes as it has been observed in US firms. The first study employed an inductive approach to identify culture dimensions and found five common dimensions across these different types of firms. In the second study, we derived an empirical taxonomy of four organizational culture types involving different configurations of the five organizational culture dimensions, and found a systematic relationship between these culture types and a measure of perceived firm performance. The third study confirmed the relationship between organizational culture types and middle manager attitudes. Suggestions are offered for future research building on the organizational culture dimensions and culture types introduced in these studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-376
JournalManagement and Organization Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Chinese context
  • organizational culture
  • organizational culture configuration
  • organizational culture type

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