An empirical test of the trichotomy of values crossvergence theory

David A. Ralston, Carolyn P. Egri, Irina Naoumova, Len J. Treviño, Katsuhiko Shimizu, Yongjuan Li

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In this study, we investigate the nature of values change of business professionals in four powerbroker countries (China, Japan, Russia, United States) over a two-decade period (1992–2011; Young, Ahlstrom, Bruton, & Rubanik, 2011). We revisit the crossvergence argument for values evolution as initially proposed by Ralston, Gustafson, Cheung, and Terpstra (1993) and Ralston, Holt, Terpstra, and Yu (1997) in their cross-sectional studies. However, in this study we use a multi-period perspective that allows us to investigate Ralston’s (2008) further sophistication of crossvergence theory, which includes static-, conforming-, and deviating-crossvergence as the various forms that crossvergence might take over time. Our findings indicate that values orientations across the Chinese, Japanese and American business professionals have been fairly consistent (static) or have become more similar (conforming). Conversely, Russian managerial values have often become significantly more different (deviating) from those in the other three countries. We conclude with a discussion of the implications that this study has for the crossvergence theory of values evolution and the future research opportunities that it identifies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018 May 11

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Empirical test
Crossvergence
Managerial values
Japan
Cross-sectional studies
Value change
China
Sophistication
Value orientations
Russia

Keywords

  • China, Japan, Russia, US
  • Conforming-, static- and deviating-crossvergence
  • Crossvergence
  • Multi-period
  • Work values evolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management

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An empirical test of the trichotomy of values crossvergence theory. / Ralston, David A.; Egri, Carolyn P.; Naoumova, Irina; Treviño, Len J.; Shimizu, Katsuhiko; Li, Yongjuan.

In: Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 11.05.2018, p. 1-26.

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Ralston, David A. ; Egri, Carolyn P. ; Naoumova, Irina ; Treviño, Len J. ; Shimizu, Katsuhiko ; Li, Yongjuan. / An empirical test of the trichotomy of values crossvergence theory. In: Asia Pacific Journal of Management. 2018 ; pp. 1-26.
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