Social Interaction Technologies: A Case Study of Guanxi and Women Managers' Careers in Information Technology in China

Social Interaction Technologies: A Case Study of Guanxi and Women Managers' Careers in Information Technology in China

Jiehua Huang (Guangzhou University, China) and Iiris Aaltio (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch106
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Abstract

This chapter explores a relationship between social interaction technologies (SIT) and guanxi, a major Chinese informal style of networking, in the context of the careers of women managers in the information technology (IT) field in China. Addressing women’s under-representation in non-traditional occupations (such as IT), prior research has established that networking, especially informal, is an important career management tool for women. Recent advances in social capital theory and social network analysis provide a framework for understanding the role of social processes in achieving career success. Today, the growing Web-based social and professional networking in China weighs against the traditional forms of relationships, such as personal networks based on guanxi. The study indicates that SIT and guanxi should be viewed as complementary rather than mutually exclusive influences.

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