Management in China during the Age of Reform

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China has already become the world's third largest economic power and it currently presents enormous business opportunities. Yet there is still a dearth of information in the West about how Chinese firms are run. In this book, Professor Child addresses this lack, examining management in China in all its different aspects. He covers the development of Chinese management during the period of economic reform in a number of areas, including enterprise leadership, decision making, the management of marketing and purchasing transactions, the work roles of senior managers, personnel practices and reward systems. The experience of foreign firms entering joint ventures with Chinese enterprises is also reviewed in detail. The book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the subject, written on the basis of field work and direct contacts which the author has with Chinese enterprises.
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"This is a very timely and well-written book that offers a wealth of insights on the Chinese management system....[it] accomplishes its purpose very well." Journal of Organizational Change

"The breadth of topics on Chinese management is impressive, and the book is 'must' reading for anyone in the China field who has a research interest in management studies and organizational studies." Anita Chan, The China Journal

"This book provides an interesting snapshot of state enterprise and joint venture management in the 1980's." Maris G. Martinsons, Journal of Asian Business

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521420051
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Management Series, #23
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. I The context of management in China
2 Economy and system 11
3 Economic reform and opening to the outside world 35
Pt. II Managing in Chinese enterprises
4 Leadership in the enterprise 59
5 Levels of decision making 86
6 The process of decision making 108
7 Input and output transactions 123
8 The activities of senior managers 145
9 The management of personnel 157
10 The structure and system of earnings 184
Pt. III Joint ventures in China
11 Establishing joint ventures 215
12 Management of joint ventures 241
13 Dynamics of the Sino-foreign management relationship 264
Pt. IV Conclusion
14 Management in China: the search for perspective 285
Notes 311
References 316
Index 329
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