An exploratory study of women’s work values in the Chinese context: a grounded-theory approach

Zhuo Zhang*, Tomoki Sekiguchi, Jie Li

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate women managers’ work values in the Chinese sociocultural context and to explain how these work values affect their career success. This paper also explores how social and cultural factors affect Chinese women’s work value formation process. Design/methodology/approach: Using a grounded theory approach, the authors collected and analyzed data through in-depth interviews with 12 women managers in the banking industry in northeast China. Findings: The analysis identified eight dimensions of Chinese women’s work values and how they affect women’s career success in the Chinese context. The authors also found that although both social and cultural factors affect women’s work values, the effect of traditional Chinese culture is still profound. Originality/value: The study extends the literature on Chinese women’s work values and provides a better understanding of traditional Chinese culture’s effect on contemporary Chinese women, particularly in developing cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)943-962
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Asia Business Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2022


  • Grounded theory
  • Indigenous studies in China
  • Women’s career management
  • Work values

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