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ERIC Number: EJ843496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 94
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5952
Cross-National Similarities and Differences in Employee Perceptions of Issues in the Work Environment
Ripley, David; Hudson, Irene; Turner, Robin; Osman-Gani, AAhad
Performance Improvement Quarterly, v19 n1 p41-66 Mar 2006
This exploratory study examines cross-national similarities and differences in employee perceptions of issues in the work environment in 17 organizational work settings in seven Asia-Pacific countries; Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. Employees at these 17 sites indicated their degree of agreement with statements about 60 work environment issues which previous research has shown impact performance. Resulting data were compared using coefficients of concordance as described by Gibbons (1971) at three levels of analysis. Analysis indicated that differences and similarities in responses did not reflect those one would expect to find based on previous well-known research concerning cultural differences in those same countries (Hall, 1976; Hofstede, 1980, 2001). This suggests that relying primarily on national cultural differences is not a sufficient guide for the design of performance improvement interventions in various countries and that other context factors need to be taken into account. Possible hypotheses for future research are offered. (Contains 14 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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