International Management in China: Cross-Cultural Issues

International Management in China: Cross-Cultural Issues

International Management in China: Cross-Cultural Issues

International Management in China: Cross-Cultural Issues

Synopsis

Focusing on China, this study sheds light on how to manage business operations across cultural boundaries. It considers key management issues, such as: partnership through joint ventures; human resources; communication; co-operation and negotiation; trustworthiness: and the importance of being well-prepared.

Excerpt

One of the greatest challenges to international business today is how to manage business operations across cultural boundaries. That is especially true in the case of the People's Republic of China, which has attracted a surge of foreign investments and international trade from a multitude of countries. This book represents a unique and significant research-based response to the challenge of successfully carrying out cross-cultural management in China.

The background of this book is the world's first international academic conference on Cross-Cultural Management in China (CCMC) held in Hong Kong in August 1996. This event brought together more than 100 academics and practitioners from more than fifteen countries worldwide to share and discuss research and experience within this field. As the editor of this book initiated and organized this conference, it became an important basis for developing this contributed volume.

I would like to extend my gratitude to a number of people and organizations that contributed to this book. First of all, I would like to thank the joint organizers of CCMC, the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, the School of Business, and the Wing-Lung Bank International Institute for Business Development for their unfailing support and continuous encouragement. Many thanks also to all academic colleagues as well as administrative staff and student volunteers whose hard work made CCMC into a resounding success. In particular, I would like to thank Malcolm Warner and Vivienne Luk who both, in their own way, played important roles. I must also mention Stella Chow, Cindy Leung and Karen Yeung for their excellent clerical support. Hon Lam helped me to produce a consistent and well-organized manuscript.

I extend my special thanks to all participating authors in this book for their commitment and unfailing patience during a long editorial process. Although this is far from the first edited volume I have participated in as an editor or a contributing author, there is always that moment of despair when one tells oneself that this is it, this is going to be the last edited volume I do. Fortu-nately, such fleeting moments pass quickly and are soon forgotten, at least by me, and before long there is another edited volume in the works. In developing this book, however, problems and difficulties were easily overcome and I

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