The Role of Chinese Work Culture on Ethiopian Employees: -The Case of Wuzhen Miao Textile Factory in Dukem Town

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The general objective of the study is to show the difference between Chinese and Ethiopian employees work culture, to investigate if Chinese work culture can shape Ethiopian employees, and to describe how Chinese work culture can shape Ethiopian employees. A qualitative research method was used for the study. 172 samples were randomly taken out of 300 population of the target firm “Wuzhen Miao Textile” which is one of the 60 firms of the Eastern Industrial Park at Dukem. The main source of the primary data was the researcher himself, and the types of the primary data sources included observations, structured focus group discussions and structured questionnaires on organization work cultures. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze the data. The findings showed that the Chinese had positive work behavior while the Ethiopians were characterized by negative counterproductive behaviors. The study noted that counterproductive behavior at work places of the Chinese firm resulted in a big problem for the management unit. The researcher observed that Chinese cultural value, Confucian dynamism resulted the value of diligence and working hard behavior of Ethiopian employees. It was possible to observe that work behaviors such as cooperativeness, innovativeness, consistency and effectiveness were also seen among the local employees who worked for duration of one year and longer. Many low-skilled or semi-skilled Ethiopian workers of Wuzhen Miao Textile factory have been upgraded through on-the-job training and direct work experience. This study is a useful contribution towards organizational as well as team effectiveness and for increasing job performance



: Chinese work culture, Confucian dynamism, Ethiopian employees