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Does culture affect the choice of control strategy? - An exploratory study


Wittmann, Xinhua; Wagner, Alexander; Schenker-Wicki, Andrea (2010). Does culture affect the choice of control strategy? - An exploratory study. In: 30th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Rom, 12 September 2010 - 15 September 2010.

Abstract

This paper examines how control strategy varies and to what extent the relationship between control modes and perceived effectiveness of control strategy is shaped by cultural dimensions. Based on the statistical analysis of empirical data from IT sector in six countries, we find that the positive correlation between formal control and perceived effectiveness of control strategy becomes stronger for higher uncertainty avoidance societies; masculinity shows a negative moderation effect on the relationship between informal control and perceived effectiveness of control strategy; and employee received trust has greater impact on perceived effectiveness of control strategy in collectivistic societies than in individualistic societies. These findings qualify existing research on the potentially conflicting role of trust and control and have important implications for management practice in intercultural context.

This paper examines how control strategy varies and to what extent the relationship between control modes and perceived effectiveness of control strategy is shaped by cultural dimensions. Based on the statistical analysis of empirical data from IT sector in six countries, we find that the positive correlation between formal control and perceived effectiveness of control strategy becomes stronger for higher uncertainty avoidance societies; masculinity shows a negative moderation effect on the relationship between informal control and perceived effectiveness of control strategy; and employee received trust has greater impact on perceived effectiveness of control strategy in collectivistic societies than in individualistic societies. These findings qualify existing research on the potentially conflicting role of trust and control and have important implications for management practice in intercultural context.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Event End Date:15 September 2010
Deposited On:24 Jul 2012 11:20
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:54
Publisher:s.n.
Related URLs:http://rome.strategicmanagement.net/tools/schedule/sessionDetails?id=104
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:5134
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-63875

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