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Title: Localization in China: How Guanxi moderates Sino-US business relationships
Authors: Yen, DA-W
Abosag, I
Keywords: Business relationships;China;Guanxi;localization;Sino-US
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Yen, DA-W. and Abosag, I. (2016) 'Localization in China: How Guanxi moderates Sino-US business relationships', Journal of Business Research, 69 (12), pp. 5724-5734. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2016.05.002.
Abstract: Understanding and adapting to local cultures has long been considered as an important part of successful localization, yet extant literature has not discussed how the adoption of cultural-specific construct as tools of localization facilitates successful b2b relationships with local counterparts. Whilst international companies are increasingly concerned with their business performance in China, this study believes b2b firms should engage the cultural-specific concept of guanxi (interpersonal ties) as a tool of localization when interacting with Chinese counterparts for better financial performance and long-term orientation. Using data collected from 299 Chinese buyers regarding their Sino-US business relationships, the results reveal that the relations between trust and financial performance and between uncertainty and long-term orientation are moderated by guanxi. The findings shed further light on localization literature with evidence highlighting the impact of guanxi in localizing b2b relationship activities in China.
ISSN: 0148-2963
Appears in Collections:Brunel Business School Research Papers

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