Archive for May, 2013

Starting a Business in China and Form Over Substance

Starting a business in China, many companies stumble on the issue of form because they unwhittingly hire workers who respect form over substance. Here in China, when I get on an elevator with a mother and her child, the mother will  often cue the child to call me Shu Shu which is respectful toward an […]

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Posted in: China, China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Chinese Culture, Market Entry

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Chinese People Are All Trained Politicians

Chinese People Are All Trained Politicians

Paul Wang is my General Manager, and one day we were talking about business culture and problems therein. Paul said, “Jim, Chinese people are all trained politicians.” I was shocked by what he said. I felt there was often a lack of transparency in Chinese people, but I never had put that together in that way. […]

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Why Do US Companies in China Make Bad Hires?

Bad hiring by US companies in China is epidemic. Let me explain and yes it is not just US companies doing this.  Western companies in China often know how to find out if a candidate has a strong enough mechanical engineering background. However, they do not know how to assess if the candidates are diligent, […]

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Posted in: China, China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Chinese Culture, Resumes

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