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ERIC Number: EJ802246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1362-0436
"Guanxi" as Impetus? Career Exploration in China and the United States
Song, Lynda Jiwen; Werbel, James D.
Career Development International, v12 n1 p51-67 2007
Purpose: The present paper seeks to analyze the role of social networks in the process of career exploration, including its main effect on search intensity, and moderation effect on the linkage between search intensity and job search confidence. Design/methodology/approach: It is a longitudinal design with 239 USA and 165 Chinese graduating students. Findings: Social networks in job search have greater effects on job search intensity in the USA sample. Moderation effects could be detected in the Chinese sample, and "guanxi" search (a Chinese reference to social networks) minimizes job search confidence and job satisfaction. Research limitations/implications: Social networks, particularly "guanxi" search in China, could reflect interdependency in job search process, and might constrain job choice. Originality/value: The paper examined the cultural differences of "guanxi" search construct, and compared the role of social networks ("guanxi" search) in cross-cultural settings. (Contains 7 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; United States