Corporate social capital in chinese guanxi culture

Yanjie Bian, Lei Zhang

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We conceptualize corporate social capital within the context of Chinese guanxi culture. We assert that the formation and mobilization of corporate social capital are culturally and institutionally contextualized. Building upon a relational approach to corporate performance, we examine culture-sensitive properties of Chinese guanxi and compare guanxi social capital with non-guanxi social capital. We then explain why guanxi-based corporate social capital is of growing significance to the Chinese transitional economy in an era of increasing market competition and institutional uncertainty. We conclude by proposing a research agenda about the roles that guanxi-based corporate social capital plays for boosting corporate performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContemporary Perspectives on Organizational Social Networks
PublisherJAI Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781783507511
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
ISSN (Print)0733-558X


  • China
  • Guanxi
  • Organizational performance
  • Social capital


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