Managerial attitudes toward employees: traditionalistic or modern?


Lau Siu-kai

TitleManagerial attitudes toward employees: traditionalistic or modern?
PublisherSocial Research Center, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Publication DateDecember, 1977

Personnel management

Industrial relations

Abstract/ Concluding Remarks:

Thus far our findings have demonstrated that in general, the Hong Kong employers are able to adopt a fairly modern orientation in their managerial attitudes toward employees. Irrespective of the size of their establishments, their sex, age and education, the Hong Kong employers are to a large extent rational and pragmatic. Though there are still traditionalistic elements of various sorts embedded in the managerial attitudes, they can, in many cases, be justified on rational and pragmatic grounds in view of the economic and labor conditions in Hong: Kong. For those traditionalistic elements which do not directly impact on the operation of economic organizations, the continual adherence to them by a majority of the employers can be explained away either as cultural legacy or as the result of the process of insulation, whereby traditional values which affect the survival or development of economic organizations only marginally are protected from the devastating attack by the process of modernization. The more or less mutually insulated co-existence of both modern and traditionalistic elements in the managerial attitudes of employers in Hong Kong has resulted in a relatively inconsistent managerial ideology, which, nonetheless, is highly practical for the Hong Kong situation.

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