A Comparison of Work Enthusiasm and its Antecedents Across Two Chinese Cultures

Robert J. Taormina, Jennifer H. Gao

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Work enthusiasm and organizational socialization (Training, Understanding, Coworker Support, and Future Prospects) were compared in two predominantly Chinese regions, i.e., Macau (a former Portuguese territory in China) and Zhuhai in the People's Republic of China. Data were collected from 276 (96 Macau and 180 Zhuhai) full-time, line-level, ethnic Chinese employees in the two regions. Results revealed the Zhuhai employees to be much more enthusiastic at work. The Zhuhai employees also evaluated Training, Understanding, and Future Prospects more highly than did the Macau employees (no differences were found for Coworker Support). Regression analyses revealed Future Prospects to be the strongest predictor of work enthusiasm in Zhuhai, while education and years on the job explained most of the variance for work enthusiasm in Macau. The results of the comparisons are discussed in terms of the similarities and differences in the cultures and economic development of the regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Asia Business Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • Culture
  • Organizational socialization
  • Work enthusiasm


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