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Work And family enrichment and orientation towards job satisfaction: Assessing cross-cultural differences


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Cross-cultural work-family issues remain under researched and the present study tests work and family orientation and enrichment towards job satisfaction on a cross-cultural sample of 101 Chinese and 106 New Zealand employees, matched by profession. Using structural equation modeling, a partial mediation model was found to be the best fit overall, but when compared individually, full mediation fitted the New Zealand data better while partial mediation the Chinese data. Orientation was found to be a strong antecedent of enrichment, but also had indirect effects for Chinese employees towards job satisfaction. While work-family and family-work enrichment predicted job satisfaction for New Zealand employees, only family-work enrichment was significant for Chinese employees. The findings show that assessing cross-cultural differences may be best achieved by comparing individual data sets rather than combining data, especially as amounts of variance differed by 15-23 percent between enrichment dimensions and job satisfaction. We argue that when researchers combine eastern and western data sets the subtleties and nuances found within cross-cultural work-family research may be missed, potentially misleading the cultural implications required to develop and maintain a global workforce.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: work-family enrichment, work/family orientations, job satisfaction, I/O Psychology, New Zealand, China
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Business and Adminstration
Depositing User: Maree Roche
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2012 22:30
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 03:01

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