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Management Approaches and Labour Conditions in the Chinese Context

Nyqvist, Hanna LU (2016) EKHK18 20161
Department of Economic History
Abstract
China has experienced an exceptional amount of privatization, market liberalization and reform in the last forty years. With these changes in China’s economy and the strategy of using labour as its comparative advantage, it is of paramount importance to the development field, to investigate how these changes in the market have affected management approaches and their subsequent labour conditions. Through Wang and Chee’s theory of Humane and Legalist management, this study explores the differences between labour conditions of the long-established state owned firm (SOE), and the private firm. This paper finds that labour conditions are substandard and at times, dangerous, in both private and public Chinese firms. Quantitative data analysis... (More)
China has experienced an exceptional amount of privatization, market liberalization and reform in the last forty years. With these changes in China’s economy and the strategy of using labour as its comparative advantage, it is of paramount importance to the development field, to investigate how these changes in the market have affected management approaches and their subsequent labour conditions. Through Wang and Chee’s theory of Humane and Legalist management, this study explores the differences between labour conditions of the long-established state owned firm (SOE), and the private firm. This paper finds that labour conditions are substandard and at times, dangerous, in both private and public Chinese firms. Quantitative data analysis show favourable conditions in private firms, whilst qualitative data analysis show favourable conditions in public firms. This discrepancy is due to the lack of available relevant data, and thus, this study acts as a stepping stone for more targeted further research in the topic. This discrepancy also suggests that further research must be done if Wang and Chee’s theoretical foundation is to be empirically validated. Suggestions for further research are presented at the closing of this paper. (Less)
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author
Nyqvist, Hanna LU
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organization
alternative title
An explorative study on the role of management in the labour condition outcomes of Chinese private and state-owned firms.
course
EKHK18 20161
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
management, china, privatisation, state owned firm, labour conditions
language
English
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8889234
date added to LUP
2016-08-25 13:28:50
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2016-08-25 13:28:50
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  abstract     = {China has experienced an exceptional amount of privatization, market liberalization and reform in the last forty years. With these changes in China’s economy and the strategy of using labour as its comparative advantage, it is of paramount importance to the development field, to investigate how these changes in the market have affected management approaches and their subsequent labour conditions. Through Wang and Chee’s theory of Humane and Legalist management, this study explores the differences between labour conditions of the long-established state owned firm (SOE), and the private firm. This paper finds that labour conditions are substandard and at times, dangerous, in both private and public Chinese firms. Quantitative data analysis show favourable conditions in private firms, whilst qualitative data analysis show favourable conditions in public firms. This discrepancy is due to the lack of available relevant data, and thus, this study acts as a stepping stone for more targeted further research in the topic. This discrepancy also suggests that further research must be done if Wang and Chee’s theoretical foundation is to be empirically validated. Suggestions for further research are presented at the closing of this paper.},
  author       = {Nyqvist, Hanna},
  keyword      = {management,china,privatisation,state owned firm,labour conditions},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Management Approaches and Labour Conditions in the Chinese Context},
  year         = {2016},
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