Different worlds of organizing in Chinese companies located in Denmark

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Titel: Different worlds of organizing in Chinese companies located in Denmark
A literature review and a suggestion of how to study the issue
Forfatter: Westenholz, Ann
Resume: Purpose: First, the aim is to clarify that it is worth investigating working life in Chinese companies located in Denmark. Second, I outline a way of how to empirically study the issue. Design/methodology/approach: A literature review and a suggestion of how to study the issue. Findings: There is a growing amount of literature dealing with Chinese and Western working life. The term ‘Western’ mostly refers to studies in North America. However the Danish way of organizing working life is not comparable to that of North America. I argue that we need to research the impact on working life in Denmark when Chinese companies settle in an institutional context like the Danish one. It is shown that Chinese institutional orders of organizing working life are very different to those in Denmark. I outline a method of how to empirically study the interaction between Chinese and Danish managers and employees working together in Chinese companies in Denmark. I argue that when these people work together, they also become engaged in institutional work dealing with the inconsistencies between the institutional orders of organizing. To study how institutional work emerges, I propose that we take inspiration from Boltanski and Thévenot’s theory of justification, different worlds, and different worth. Research limitation: The empirical data gathering has just started and the analysis has yet to be conducted. Practical implications: Even though the paper is not based on an empirical study, implications for studying how working life is organized in Chinese companies located in Denmark are suggested. Keywords: Internationalization of Chinese companies. Institutional orders of working life in China and Denmark. Institutional work in Chinese companies settled in Denmark. Boltanski and Thévenot’s theory of justification, different worlds, and different worth.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8644
Dato: 2013-01-30
Note: Paper presented at the 6th China Goes Global Conference. Boston, USA, 8.-10. October 2012.

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