Getting stuck and fitting in: a cross-cultural perspective on how perceived occupational immobility creates a reliance on personality factors in job success predictions


Grant Data
Project Title
Getting stuck and fitting in: a cross-cultural perspective on how perceived occupational immobility creates a reliance on personality factors in job success predictions
Principal Investigator
Ms Chan, Fiona Shui Fun   (Principal investigator)
Co-Investigator(s)
Dr Chiu Chi Yue   (Co-Investigator)
Duration
16
Start Date
2005-09-01
Completion Date
2006-12-31
Amount
511350
Conference Title
Presentation Title
Keywords
occupation, job, cross-cultural
Discipline
Psychology,Business and Management Studies (including Accounting) (Obsolete)
Sponsor
RGC General Research Fund (GRF)
HKU Project Code
HKU 7409/05H
Grant Type
General Research Fund (GRF)
Funding Year
2005/2006
Status
Completed
Objectives
Previous research has shown that compared to Westerners, Easterners consider personality factors to be less important in social judgment. Based on a social belief framework, we argue that Easterners may reply more heavily on personality fit in making job success judgments than do Westerners. We also contend that such cross-cultural difference arises from the perceived occupational immobility and the relative malleability of personality versusthe society in Chinese and East Asian societies. Accordingly, Easterners feel that they need to change their to match the personality expectations from their profession, rendering personality-profession fit an important factor to be considered in Easterners' job success predictions. In the current program of research, which consists of 5 main studies and 2 supplementary studies, we seek to provide evidence for these ideas. The proposed project will extend our previous works on the relationship of social belief and cultural cognition, and provide insights on the psychological effects of perceived occupational immobility, which is a topic of enormous practical importance for the successful restructuring of the economy and redeployment of human resources in a rapidly globalized labor market.