Factor structure of the Hong Kong Chinese work values questionnaire (HKCWVQ)

Sze Yeung WU

Research output: ThesisMaster's Theses


To investigate the factor structure of work values among Hong Kong Chinese knowledge workers through developing an indigenous work values measure the Hong Kong Chinese Work Values Questionnaire (HKCWVQ) based on the model of the Lyons Work Values Survey (LWVS).
Two studies were conducted. The first study was a qualitative exploratory investigation to generate value items (descriptions) using diverse working adult and student samples (total 59). The item pool was then tested with an independent sample of 757 knowledge workers using exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA).
EFA produced a six-factor solution very similar to that of the LWVS: work relations, material, transcendent, intellectual, freedom and status. CFA results showed mediocre fit to the sample data.
Different work value types can be differentiated within Hong Kong Chinese knowledge workers, rendering the possibility of classifying people and jobs based on work values. Implications for research and practice are discussed. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMaster of Social Sciences
Awarding Institution
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • KWAN, Lok Yin, Joyce 關樂言, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Work values
  • Factor analysis
  • Hong Kong
  • Chinese
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Thesis (M.Soc.Sc(Psy))--The Hong Kong Institute of Education, 2015.


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