Social Indicators Research

, Volume 132, Issue 1, pp 187–218 | Cite as

An Institutional Perspective on Individual Work Well-Being: Evidence from China

  • Wei Li
  • Jianxun Chen
  • Hans Hendrischke


This paper evaluates how factors and values that are embedded in China’s changing institutional environment impact work well-being. Using firm level survey data, the paper examines how exogenous institutions—state ownership and individual traditionality—interact with firm level institutions—strategic human resource management (SHRM) and person-organisation fit (P-O fit) to influence workers’ job involvement. We find that state ownership weakens the effect of SHRM on workers’ job involvement while P-O fit does not. Individual traditionality on the other hand moderates the effects of SHRM and P-O fit on workers’ job involvement. Our study contributes to work well-being research in transitioning economies such as China and has consequences for labour market and SHRM policies.


China Work well-being Job involvement Institutions State ownership Traditionality 


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  1. 1.The University of Sydney Business SchoolSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Discipline of International BusinessThe University of Sydney Business SchoolSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Institution of International EconomyUniversity of International Business and EconomicsBeijingChina

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