Moral judgement and conflict handling styles among Chinese in Hong Kong and PRC

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-679
Journal / PublicationJournal of Management Development
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2002


This paper describes a study which investigated the relationship between stage of moral development and conflict handling styles in Chinese societies. A total of 996 undergraduate business students and 294 MBA students in Hong Kong and China participated in the study. The defining issue test was used to assess stage of moral development. Conflict handling styles were identified by Rahim's organizational conflict inventory. Results showed a significant association between stage of moral development and the use of integrating conflict-handling approach. The extent to which the Chinese culture and psychology influenced moral reasoning and conflict handling styles is discussed. © 2002, MCB UP Limited

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  • Conflict, Ethics, Hong Kong, Management, Moral responsibility, People's Republic of China