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Chinese Guanxi: An Integrative Review and New Directions for Future Research

  • Chao C. Chen (a1) (a2), Xiao-Ping Chen (a3) and Shengsheng Huang (a4)


In this article we review research on Chinese guanxi and social networking in the past twenty years and identify the major perspectives, theories, and methodologies used in guanxi research at micro and macro levels. We summarize the main findings of over 200 journal articles on guanxi research in terms of its conceptual definitions and measurements, its antecedents and consequences, and its dynamics and processes. Furthermore, we identify the gaps between different levels of guanxi research and discuss future directions to advance our understanding of the complex and intricate guanxi phenomenon.

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