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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2013, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (5): 905-913.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.00905

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Why Do Not Employees Voice: A Chinese Culture Perspective

CHEN Wenping;DUAN Jinyun;TIAN Xiaoming   

  1. (Department of Psychology, Soochow University; Key Research Institute of Education Ministry-Center for Chinese Urbanization Studies, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China)
  • Received:2012-11-16 Online:2013-05-15 Published:2013-05-15
  • Contact: DUAN Jinyun;TIAN Xiaoming

Abstract: In the Chinese cultural context, employees often turn a blind eye to organizational problems. Based on the perspective of the Chinese culture, we analyzed this situation and concluded that: Zhongyong thinking style is negatively related to self-centered voice; Face consciousness and favor perception, which can make employees pay more attention to their own and others face maintenance, often render employees keeping silent. In addition, collectivism characteristic, which relates to organization harmonious, is not conducive to the occurrence of voice behavior; Power distance inhibits the expression of voice; Long-term concepts may also suppress employee voice. Future studies should further clarify the impact of specific cultural factors on voice behavior and its mechanisms in Chinese context.

Key words: voice behavior, zhongyong, guanxi, face and favor, power distance