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The effects of ethnic group cultural differences on the level of cooperative behaviour exhibited in a social dilemma : a New Zealand European-Asian cross-cultural study

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dc.contributor.author McElwee, D. N.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-26T03:17:59Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-26T03:17:59Z
dc.date.issued 1996
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10182/2313
dc.description.abstract The choice between cooperative and competitive behaviour on a simple task was examined using 153 European New Zealanders and 30 Asian subjects drawn from the Lincoln University student population. The aim of the study was to assess the effects of ethnic group cultural differences on the choice to compete or cooperate with another party at the individual and group level. The impact of situation cues favourable to cooperative behaviour were also investigated. In the study, the subjects were classified according to their ethnic background and randomly assigned to either all-European or all-Asian groups. The task employed to assess both individual and group level responses was a two-party version of Prisoner's Dilemma Game, in which participants had to repeatedly choose whether to compete or cooperate with another party. The results of the study provided limited empirical support for the proposition that ethnic differences affect the level of cooperative behaviour. Contrary to expectations, at both the individual and group levels, Asian subjects did not exhibit a more collectivist cooperative orientation to the Prisoner's Dilemma Game than their European counterparts. The collectivist situational cue, however, was found to significantly reduce the level of cooperative behaviour displayed by the European New Zealand subjects, but no such effect was found for Asian subjects. The implications of these findings for New Zealand's workforce in the current climate of increased Asian immigration are discussed, as are the study's limitations and directions for future research. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Lincoln University en
dc.rights.uri https://researcharchive.lincoln.ac.nz/page/rights
dc.subject cross-cultural en
dc.subject individualism en
dc.subject collectivism en
dc.subject cooperation en
dc.subject competition en
dc.subject prisoner's dilemma en
dc.subject cultural differences en
dc.subject social dilemma en
dc.subject ethnicity en
dc.subject cooperative behaviour en
dc.title The effects of ethnic group cultural differences on the level of cooperative behaviour exhibited in a social dilemma : a New Zealand European-Asian cross-cultural study en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.grantor Lincoln University en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
thesis.degree.name Master of Commerce and Management en
lu.thesis.supervisor Kennedy, Jeff
lu.thesis.supervisor Sauers, Dan
lu.contributor.unit Department of Business Management, Law and Marketing en
dc.rights.accessRights Digital thesis can be viewed by current staff and students of Lincoln University only. Print copy available for reading in Lincoln University Library. May be available through inter-library loan. en
dc.subject.anzsrc 1503 Business and Management en
dc.subject.anzsrc 170113 Social and Community Psychology en
dc.subject.anzsrc 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations en


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