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Team personal-life inclusion in socially- versus task-oriented countries: A cross-cultural study of Chinese versus German teams

Matthias Weiss (), Laura Joan Salm, Miriam Muethel and Martin Hoegl
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Matthias Weiss: Ruhr-Univ. Bochum
Laura Joan Salm: Maximilians-Univ. Munich
Miriam Muethel: WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Martin Hoegl: Maximilians-Univ. Munich

Journal of International Business Studies, 2018, vol. 49, issue 7, 919-928

Abstract: Abstract Team personal-life inclusion (Team PLI) refers to socialization with fellow team members in the private domain. While PLI is an expected behavior in the socially oriented Chinese work context, it is generally seen as unfavorable in task-oriented contexts like Germany. We investigate the relative impact of Team PLI on the performance of Chinese and German teams. Based on data from 130 Chinese and 124 German teams, we show that Team PLI has opposing consequences in China and Germany. While it increases German teams’ performance, the reverse relationship was observed for Chinese teams.

Keywords: organizational behavior; teams and teamwork; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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