A preliminary study of kiasu behaviour ‐ is it unique to Singapore?

Janice T.S. Ho, C.E. Ang, Joanne Loh, Irene Ng
1998 Journal of Managerial Psychology  
Kiasuism (from the adjective, kiasu; meaning "the fear of losing out") is a much talked-about topic in Singapore. This study seeks to assess the situation in Singapore and in a major city in Australia, define this cultural concept and explore the possible repercussions on society. Data collected from undergraduates in Singapore and Australia by using a questionnaire survey were analyzed using statistical techniques such as multiple regression analysis and t-tests of sample means. Qualitative
more » ... ans. Qualitative methods such as content analyses and critical incident technique for instrument development were also employed. The study consisted of two phases: a phase one pilot study and a phase two questionnaire designed to determine the degree of kiasuism in the two samples and its effect on general well-being, academic performance and satisfaction with performance. Results indicated that kiasuism is not unique to Singapore.
doi:10.1108/02683949810220015 fatcat:l2xbe2s2wbfgxhddu62cqwxy5a