Archive for Chinese Culture

Japan and China in Quick Historical Comparison and Contrast

Some of the things happening in China and happened in Japan are similar and some are not. Let’s take a look at a comparison. Japan in ’70 & ’80”s China in ’00’s and ’10’s 1 Government development policy focused on infrastructure Same 2 Followed an export model of development Same 3 Focused in manufacturing for […]

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Apple in China and Engineering

Coming to China for low cost is ending, but other reasons have a better future as David Barbosa says in the New York times article here. “Another critical advantage for Apple was that China provided engineers at a scale the United States could not match. Apple’s executives had estimated that about 8,700 industrial engineers were […]

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

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What is Chinese Culture? Or Any Culture? What Should They Be?

Culture is, according to one definition in  Merriam Webster, the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; also : the characteristic features of everyday existence  shared by people in a place or time Tomorrow, I will write about company culture, but today I will digress after seeing some thought […]

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Westerners Managing Junior Chinese Staff

Rich at All Roads Lead to China noted an article called Truth Without Tears by Frank Gallo.  Both articles have good insight and are worth a read.  I especially liked what Rich said. They talk about a senior Expat correcting a junior Chinese person and how this devastated the Chinese person. I side with Rich […]

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Posted in: Being the Right Person, China, Chinese Culture, Leadership, Motivating Workers

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Is It Good If Your JV Partner Or WOFE First Hire Is Well Connected?

This is a much more complicated question than yes or no. First, let me quote the very insightful Foreign Entrepreneurs in China in point nine of her 22 point JV survival guide.“9. Your Potential Partner is Well Connected … Maybe Good, Maybe Bad Experience: It is quite common to be taken on the “big tour”, […]

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