Qinxian, G. (2012). Inaugural Biennial Conference on Malaysian Chinese Studies 2012-Guo_QinJian. Department of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University. Nanyang Technological University.
Abstract as provided by author:
Malaysia is a nation that has a diverse population of Malays, Chinese and Indians. The nation’s abundant natural resources, including tin and rubber, make her an important trading partner of many nations. Global Leadership and Organizational Behaviour Effectiveness (GLOBE)’s survey reported that Malaysia is a nation that values collectivism, humanism and respects authority. While Malaysia has its unique cultural characteristics which are strongly influenced by Islam, it is important for overseas Chinese leaders to consider indigenous Chinese concepts, especially face (mianzi), relational ties (guanxi) and human affection (renqing). Business leaders and scholars have confirmed the value of these Chinese concepts in management and strategy across various regions in the world. However, the powerful influence of these socio-cultural concepts is often overlooked in Southeast Asian region. Therefore, this presentation aims to: (1) introduce the psychology behind the dynamic concepts of Chinese face (mianzi), relational ties (guanxi) and human affection (renqing), (2) highlight the managerial and strategic implications of these Chinese concepts in Malaysia business environment, and (3) recommend measures to leverage on these Chinese values for Chinese business leaders.
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