A case study of globalized knowledge flows : Guanxi in social science and management theory

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Qi, Xiaoying. (2012). A case study of globalized knowledge flows : Guanxi in social science and management theory. International Sociology. 27(6), pp. 707-723. https://doi.org/10.1177/0268580912453729
AuthorsQi, Xiaoying
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This article examines globalized knowledge flows through a case study of the treatment of the Chinese concept of guanxi in social and management science journals. Three forms of concept–theory relations are postulated which effectively correspond with different patterns of knowledge flow. The treatment of this concept in 214 refereed journal articles published from 1999 to 2009 indicates that the concept guanxi, which possesses capacity for theoretical development, is predominantly treated merely as an object of study rather than the basis of theoretical elaboration. A continuing dominant pattern of knowledge flows from the metropole to the periphery is thus indicated. The mechanisms of continuing asymmetrical knowledge flow are discussed, including language used, site of publication, channel of transmission and method as factors generating this outcome.

Keywordsasymmetrical knowledge flows; concept–theory relation; globalization; guanxi
Year2012
JournalInternational Sociology
Journal citation27 (6), pp. 707-723
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN0268-5809
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0268580912453729
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84867938558
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Research GroupSchool of Arts
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This record includes an authors accepted manuscript. Qi, Xiaoying. "A case study of globalized knowledge flows: Guanxi in social science and management theory", International Sociology, 27(6), pp. 707-723. Copyright © 2012 Xiaoying Qi. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. DOI: 10.1177/0268580912453729

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