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The Structure of Chinese Cultural Traditions: An Empirical Study of Business Employees in China

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 February 2015

Yaotian Pan
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Julie A. Rowney
University of Calgary, Canada
Mark F. Peterson
Florida Atlantic University, U.S


Five schools of Chinese cultural traditions that implicitly influence current management thought in China are used to create a four-factor Structure of Chinese Cultural Traditions (SCCT) model. A sample of 2658 people in businesses in Beijing was used to develop the dimensions that were then cross-validated in a nation-wide sample of 718 business employees. The four dimensions show plausible patterns of convergent and discriminant validity with generic domains of values represented by the Schwartz Value Survey (SVS). We suggest that the Structure of Chinese Cultural Traditions provides a unique model of Chinese culture that complements other generic measures, thereby allowing a deep understanding of Chinese culture.

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