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Cooperation in Face and Dignity Cultures: Role of Moral Identity and Gender

Semnani{-}Azad, Zhaleh and Sycara, Katia P. and Lewis, Michael (2015) Cooperation in Face and Dignity Cultures: Role of Moral Identity and Gender. In: 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, {HICSS} 2015, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, January 5-8, 2015.

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Abstract

We examined the effects gender and moral identity on collaborative behavior among Face (Chinese) and Dignity (Canadian) cultures. 105 participants engaged in a dyadic intracultural interaction via the FireSim computer game. Each participant was assigned a village and was tasked to protect the village from seasonal fires. Participants had the option of requesting or providing help to the neighboring village, i.e. their counterpart. We examined collaborative behavior by measuring help given, while controlling for help request. Using theories of face and dignity cultures, moral identity, and gender roles, we predicted and found that overall, Chinese individuals were less helpful than Canadians. This effect was stronger for males than females. Interestingly, more helping behavior was observed among Canadians with high levels of internal moral identity. Yet, this effect was not observed among Chinese individuals. Theoretical and practical implications for collaboration across culture are discussed.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Semnani{-}Azad, Zhaleh
Sycara, Katia P.
Lewis, Michael
Date: 2015
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: 275 - 283
Event Title: 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, {HICSS} 2015, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, January 5-8, 2015
Event Type: Conference
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2015.41
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 19:03
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 12:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/25312

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