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Face, Harmony, and Social Structure: An Analysis of Organizational Behavior across Cultures

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Earley, PC, Face, Harmony, and Social Structure: An Analysis of Organizational Behavior across Cultures, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 256. ISBN 000-0195110072 (1997) [Authored Research Book]

Abstract

Face, Harmony, and Social Structure continues author P. Christopher Earley's investigations of the differences among people within organizations in different cultures. The concept of "face," as set forth by Earley, is a reflection of the individual's struggle for self-definition and understanding, of which a key component is a positioning of self relative to others is a social setting. Face is at the heart of social behavior and provides a consistent linking mechanism to understand behavior across cultures. Earley uses this concept of face as a basis for examination of cross-cultural organizational behavior from an individual's personal perspective. In this work, he develops a mid-range theory of individual behavior, self-concept, and interpersonal process in an effort to explain cultural differences in organizational settings. He sets up a cross-level model, and then attempts to provide a single coherent force--"face"--as an engine driving the entire system that can be used to integrate various social and organizational mechanisms in predicting people's behavior. This understanding of how and why people behave certain ways is a critical tool for studying the impact of individual behavior on the functioning of organizations. Earley's work represents a new theory of self-presentation and face within a cross-cultural context, integrating a cross-level approach ranging from the individual to the organization and to the societal levels of discussion. Face, Harmony, and Social Structure is a truly interdisciplinary work that brings elements of psychology, sociology, and anthropology to organizational studies. It will be illuminating reading for professionals and scholars of management and organizational behavior, as well as to academics in cross-cultural psychology and anthropology.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Business and Management
Research Field:Organisational Behaviour
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication Across Languages and Culture
Author:Earley, PC (Professor Chris Earley)
ID Code:101780
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Deposited On:2015-07-08
Last Modified:2015-07-24
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