CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT

COOPERATIVE AND COMPETITIVE CONFLICT IN CHINA

Dean Tjosvold

Kwok Leung

David W. Johnson

China is a powerful test of the universalistic aspirations of Deutsch’s (1949, 1973) theory of cooperation and competition and, in particular, its utility for understanding the conditions and dynamics through which conflict becomes constructive. China would seem to be a most inhospitable culture for the theory. As part of a collectivist culture, Chinese people are expected to be particularly wary of conflict and its open discussion (Leung, 1997). Many social scientists consider the application of Western developed theories to Asia unwarranted, even “imperialistic” (Li, Leung, Chen, and Luo, 2012). Since 1994, we have conducted cooperation ...

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