Do women and men communicate differently at work? An empirical study in Hong Kong

Catherine Wah-hung Ng

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Some studies, mainly in the West, have suggested that women are more encouraging in their communication styles than men, especially when the conversation is about a personal matter versus when it is business-related. It has also been contended that same-sex communication between women is more supportive than both mixed-sex communication and same-sex communication between men. However, this research, conducted in Hong Kong among full- and part-time tertiary students, shows that the above contentions are perhaps culture dependent, and that careful re-examination of gender-based differences is warranted, particularly when one is considering communication styles at work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalWomen in Management Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1998


  • Communications
  • Gender
  • Hong Kong
  • Organizational behaviour
  • Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies

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