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The Effects of Leadership of Korean Large Companies’ Managers on Organizational Commitment in China: Focusing on the Mediating Effect of Organizational Culture

  • Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Abbr : JAPS
  • 2023, 30(2), pp.39-78
  • DOI : 10.18107/japs.2023.30.2.002
  • Publisher : Institute of Global Affairs
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general
  • Received : May 4, 2023
  • Accepted : June 12, 2023
  • Published : June 30, 2023

Shan Li 1 Lee Jaeho 2 Sanghyun Park 1

1경희대
2경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

The main purpose of this study is to empirically analyze the causal relationship between transactional and transformational leadership of Korean managers from large Korean companies and the organizational commitment of Chinese employees working for the local subsidiaries. Furthermore, this study aims to explore the mediating effect of organizational culture between these two variables. To this end, we attempted to find the sample companies that were co-identified both in the list of Korean companies operating in China identified by ‘KOTRA’ in 2021 and in the list of top 200 companies in Korea based on sales selected by ‘CEO Score’, and conducted a survey on local employees working for the Chinese subsidiaries to verify the hypotheses. The empirical analysis results exhibit that transactional and transformational leadership had positive impact on the organizational commitment, and that, in particular, the impact of transformational leadership was more prominent than the other. In addition, it was verified that the development culture and group culture had significant mediating roles between the leadership and the organizational commitment. Through these empirical results, it can be inferred that the local employees in China value the company’s working environment and future vision higher than a raise in salary. Based on these findings, this paper suggests that the Korean companies operating in China should exert appropriate leadership aiming for an organizational change and have an in-depth understanding of local culture in order to manage workforces effectively.

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