Values, commitment, and OCB among Chinese employees

Ying Liu, Aaron Cohen

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This study examines relationships and interactions between (1) individual values, (2) organizational and occupational commitment, and (3) organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) and in-role performance in a sample of 166 employees working for a public organization in northern China. The results show several differences between the Chinese employees and previously studied Western samples, some of them expected and others surprising. Among the notable findings, the results show a strong role for continuance commitment as both a dependent variable (affected by values) and independent variable (affecting OCB). A strong negative relationship between self-direction and all commitment forms is also interesting and quite unexpected. As one of the few studies to examine such relationships in a highly traditional, non-Western culture, the study offers a new perspective on the variables examined here. We conclude by emphasizing the need for further research on other non-Western cultures and by suggesting some directions for such research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-506
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2010

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study is funded by 211 project of Renmin University of China.


  • Chinese employees
  • Commitment
  • Cultural values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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