Assessing Chinese Employee Job Preferences and Employee Retention Strategies: The Case of a Strategic Alliance of Foreign Multinational in China

MA, XU (2008) Assessing Chinese Employee Job Preferences and Employee Retention Strategies: The Case of a Strategic Alliance of Foreign Multinational in China. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

According to the popularity of "job hoping" in current Chinese labour market, it is essential for multinationals, particularly for multinational strategic alliances (MSAs), to be aware of their employees' job preferences in order to design effective retention strategies. This study discloses many differences and similarities in job preferences between Chinese overseas graduates and domestic graduates. Foreign educated graduates were more interested in job-related factors, such as "advancement" and "type of work"; whereas Chinese domestic graduates thought "benefits" and "work conditions" were important. "Pay" was considered as the most important attribute by both parties. The pattern of preferences in current young Chinese employees was distinct from U.S. employees, but not as much as before. Because both Chinese and U.S. employees emphasised on "advancement" and "type of work". The preferences in current young Chinese employees also changed a lot comparing with the past. Chinese people's job preferences shifted from economic benefits to job itself. Reasons of these marked changes are the cultural shocks and national developments.

This study also provides information on the real employee retention strategies used by MSAs in China. Generally, MSAs in Chinese applied cash-based compensation, contracts, promotion and training opportunities, and good work conditions to retain talented Chinese employees. Like U.S. employers who often misconstrue the preferences of their employees, Chinese employers also misreported their employees' preferences, so there were no visible strategy differences in retaining foreign educated employees and local employees. These findings are discussed, and they have practical implications for multinationals in retaining talented Chinese employees in their strategic alliances in China.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: Chinese, job preferences, employee retention strategies, case study, strategic alliance
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2016 00:47
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/21910

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