Guanxi and professional conduct in China: A management development perspective

Philip Wright, W. F. Szeto, Tsz Wan Cheng

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This paper explores guanxi within the context of 'ethical' behaviour. It was found that guanxi exerted a strong influence on our sample, with the exception of the necessity to lend money. As well, there appeared to be a significant minority of respondents who would behave unethically to preserve group solidarity. It was suggested that a modified version of the Belcourt et al.'s management development model would be a useful tool in the development of modified coaching processes for use in authoritarian cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-182
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2002


  • China
  • Coaching
  • Ethics
  • Guanxi
  • Management development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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