Title: Comparative studies on organisational learning culture in Chinese native enterprises

Authors: Xiaohui Wang, Xiqing Xie

Addresses: Department of Economic Management, Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan) University, 135 XingangXi Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510275, PR China. ' Department of Management, Guangdong School of Administration, PR China

Abstract: This empirical study explores organizational learning culture in China|s domestic enterprises by using Western concepts, the Dimension of Learning Organization Questionnaire (DLOQ) instrument, and the data collected from 948 Chinese native employees in four State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) and five Privately-owned Enterprises (POEs) located in Guangdong Province, the People|s Republic of China (PRC). Findings suggest that the DLOQ instrument is applicable to the Chinese context, demographic variables such as age and education level, and the type of ownership of enterprises such as SOEs and POEs, show differences in organisational learning culture. Implications conclude that Chinese companies should pay more attentions to the impact of employees| demographic composition on their organisational learning, and SOEs and should imperatively improve their learning culture so as to competing with POEs.

Keywords: learning organisations; organisational learning; China; state-owned enterprises; SOEs; privately-owned enterprises; POEs; corporate culture; learning culture; Chinese employees; Chinese native companies; organisational culture; demographic composition.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCCM.2008.019593

International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management, 2008 Vol.1 No.3, pp.313 - 324

Published online: 17 Jul 2008 *

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