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Subcultural Differences in Taiwanese and Burmese Chinese Business Negotiation Styles

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Abstract:

The subcultural differences in business negotiation styles between Taiwanese businesspeople and a small group of Burmese Chinese who have businesses in Taiwan were analyzed. Negotiating styles of collaboration, compromise, accommodation, competition, and withdrawal were examined, focusing on influential factors such as subculture and relationship and task-oriented conflicts. Results showed that the main difference between the 2 groups was that whereas Burmese Chinese tend to shun conflict and may even submit to their opponent to prevent a conflict from escalating, Taiwanese are less likely to employ an accommodation strategy. The conclusion was reached that in a task-oriented or relationship conflict, in a business situation Taiwanese and Burmese Chinese people differ significantly in their use of collaboration, accommodation, and withdrawal as negotiation styles.

Keywords: BURMESE CHINESE BUSINESSPEOPLE; BUSINESS NEGOTIATION STYLES; SUBCULTURAL DIFFERENCES; TAIWANESE BUSINESSPEOPLE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.7.1067

Publication date: 2012-08-01

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