The China Executive
The book that I read was entitled "The China Executive-Marrying Western and Chinese Strengths to Generate Profitability from Your Investment in China." This was a fascinating read for someone like myself that is limited in exposure the Chinese business environment. We all know what a global superpower China is now and will become in the future. This book prepares you to conduct business with Chinese corporations as well as businesses that have locales in China. The aim of the book is to orchestrate effective Sino-Western relations by developing four key skills:
1) Effective communication-many communication gaps exist in such ventures, including the clash Western "contract" and Chinese relationship orientations.
2) Explore the effective ways of training the Chinese in the face of the human resource challeng in China.
3) Lead the Chinese the Chinese way, given the Chinese criterion for human relationships; i.e. feelings, reasons and rules and to manage oneself in the uncertain China business environment.
4) Drop the myth of Western management techniques' inapplicability to China and learn to balance managing and leading according to relevant circumstances.
The author, Wei Wang, explores many other different avenues of bringing Westerners to a more thorough understanding of the business environment in China. There is a great emphasis on building and embracing personal relationships and collectivism and networking vs. individualism in Western societies.