American hotel expatriate’s view on Chinese culture

WooSik Choi, Josh Pate

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Abstract

This study analyzes an American hotel expatriate’s view on Chinese culture and proposes different perspectives on cultural dimensions (Hofstede, 1981; 2001), management philosophies (Baird, Lyles, & Wharton, 1990), and implications for diversity in the hospitality business. Data were collected through an in-depth interview with a key informant from the Chinese business culture within the hotel industry. Findings reveal that Chinese business culture is more focused on individual identity (i.e., who the person is) rather than organizational representativeness (i.e., what organization the person represents). Additionally, findings reveal Chinese business culture within the hotel industry focuses on the umbrella concept explaining “power distance” and bureaucratic behaviors (i.e., formality and rigidity) and influences toward a person’s attitude. These findings provide a chance to extrapolate different aspects of the cultural dimensions and management philosophies within the evolving Chin
Original languageEnglish
Journale-Review of Tourism Research
StatePublished - Dec 31 2017

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