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Relocating empowerment as a management concept for Asia

Cheung, Catherine and Baum, Tom and Wong, Alan (2012) Relocating empowerment as a management concept for Asia. Journal of Business Research, 65 (1). pp. 36-41. ISSN 0148-2963

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Abstract

Management theories, especially those in the area of human resource management, are predominantly Western-centric in origin and in the empirical testing that underpins them. The purpose of this paper is to explore perceptions of one such theory, employee empowerment, in an Asian context. Information gathered from an open ended questionnaire and focus groups provide an in-depth examination of hotel managers' perceptions and practice of empowerment in the workplace. This study provides tentative indicators of significant culturally-driven differences in the understanding and application of employee empowerment (in terms of both research and practice) between Western and Asian contexts. The results of this study indicate that empowerment in Asian cultures relates much more to the individual and his/her merits, in contrast to organizationally-driven empowerment in Western countries. The findings also indicate that empowerment by hotel managers is related to the level of personal trust the manager has in an employee.

Item type: Article
ID code: 26542
Keywords: china, hotels, employee empowerment, human resource management, Commerce, Management. Industrial Management, Sociology, Marketing
Subjects: Social Sciences > Commerce
Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Social Sciences > Sociology
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Human Resource Management
Depositing user: Prof Tom Baum
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2010 09:41
Last modified: 18 Jun 2015 04:57
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URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26542

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