Ping Wang


This study examined the impact of leadership practices on engagement within the Chinese cultural and business environment. The study identified the management practices used by Chinese managers that engaged people differently from US managers. The relationship between these specific leadership practices and employee engagement in a small, privately-owned Chinese business was studied. Eight managers were evaluated with LPI-Self surveys and 61 LPI-Observer surveys. In general, organization leaders scored themselves much higher than their observers in the LPI survey, and the average scores from 61 Leveking observers were all much lower than the overall mean from Asian benchmarks. Sixteen of the observers for four of the eight managers were chosen for a further interview study. The interview results showed that there was a positive relationship between the leadership practices and employee engagement. The uniqueness of these relationships/impacts to the Chinese culture and business environment were discussed.

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Research projects (MSOD); Leadership -- Cross-cultural studies; Organizational leadership

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Graziadio Business School



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Worley, Christopher G.;