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dc.contributor.authorGiese, Karstenen_US
dc.contributor.authorThiel, Alenaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-10en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-18T09:58:25Z-
dc.date.available2012-05-18T09:58:25Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/57935-
dc.description.abstractIn this article Chinese-Ghanaian employment relations are analyzed using the concepts of foreignness, the psychological contract, equity, and cross-cultural communication. Based on a qualitative study conducted in Accra, Ghana, we discuss the labor market in general and introduce the conditions under which Chinese sojourners operate their family trade businesses in the city. After discussing the phenomenon of Ghanaian employment within Chinese trade companies from a theoretical perspective, we explain how Chinese employers' and Ghanaian employees' culturally based perceptions of employment relations are contradictory and prone to conflict. We then show how, under the condition of the employers' foreignness, Ghanaian employees perceive their psychological contracts as being violated and Chinese employers regard the equity of exchange relations as distorted. We discuss how Ghanaian employees cope with this situation by means of voice, silence, retreat or destruction, while Chinese employers, who lack both sufficient language skills and effective sanctions, choose to endure perceived distortions of equity and in some cases ultimately terminate employment relations when inadequate cross-cultural communication results in a failure to mediate conflicts.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherGerman Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Hamburgen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGIGA working papers 194en_US
dc.subject.jelJ15en_US
dc.subject.jelJ24en_US
dc.subject.jelJ81en_US
dc.subject.jelZ1en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordlabor relationsen_US
dc.subject.keywordequityen_US
dc.subject.keywordpsychological contracten_US
dc.subject.keywordtradeen_US
dc.subject.keywordChinaen_US
dc.subject.keywordGhanaen_US
dc.subject.stwChinesenen_US
dc.subject.stwAuslandsaufenthalten_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsbeziehungenen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsrechten_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitnehmerschutzen_US
dc.subject.stwGhanaen_US
dc.titleWhen voicelessness meets speechlessness: Struggling for equity in Chinese-Ghanaian employment relationsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn715519891en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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