Chinese Guanxi: An integrative review and new directions for future research

Chao C. Chen, Xiao Ping Chen, Shengsheng Huang

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In this article we review research on Chinese guanxi and social networking in the past twenty years and identify the major perspectives, theories, and methodologies used in guanxi research at micro and macro levels. We summarize the main findings of over 200 journal articles on guanxi research in terms of its conceptual definitions and measurements, its antecedents and consequences, and its dynamics and processes. Furthermore, we identify the gaps between different levels of guanxi research and discuss future directions to advance our understanding of the complex and intricate guanxi phenomenon.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)167-207
Number of pages41
JournalManagement and Organization Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


  • Chinese culture
  • Social capital
  • Social networking
  • guanxi
  • guanxi ethics


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