Chinese and Australian Students' Cultural Perceptions: A Comparative Study

Bassett, Penny (2004) Chinese and Australian Students' Cultural Perceptions: A Comparative Study. Working Paper. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


Students studying an interpersonal and organisational negotiation subject in Melbourne and in Tianjin, China, were asked to analyse a cross-cultural case study and then analyse how the conflict would be resolved in their own country. Students' cultural perceptions are compared based on Hofstede's (1980) four value dimensions of individualism-collectivism, uncertainty avoidance, power distance, and masculinity-femininity and the Chinese cultural traits of relationship building, face, gift giving and banquets. There are clear differences between the two groups of students, for example, the Chinese students believe the supervisor has the 'absolute right to decide everything', whereas Australian students express an opposing view. The Chinese students emphasise the value of relationships in contrast to the Australian students who do not mention this at all. This qualitative study demonstrates the differences in cultural perceptions between the two groups and provides the basis for further research in the area.

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Item type Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords Chinese; Australian; student; cultural perceptions; comparative study
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