China’s Changing Culture and Etiquette

Face, guanxi, and other cultural norms are changing in China, but acquiring a basic level of cultural competence is still important for doing business there. For neophytes beginning to approach China, the long list of cultural dos and don’ts understandably brings...

/ July 1, 2008

The 2008 Olympics’ Impact on China

From new construction projects to attracting the spotlight, the Olympics will have a lasting effect on China. For the PRC leadership and most Chinese, the July 13, 2001 International Olympic Committee (IOC) announcement that Beijing would host the 2008 Olympic Games...

/ July 1, 2008

The Great Look Forward: China’s HR Evolution

The future of effective human resources management in China lies beyond the challenges of recruiting, training, and retaining qualified workers. The engine of international commerce is roaring in China, yet its enormous population belies the fact that the country lacks qualified...

/ July 1, 2007

Managing Business Risks

Wise companies prepare for—and minimize their exposure to—risks when investing in China. On the surface, China appears to be one vast market with a strong central government. But deeper down, China is a conglomerate of disparate markets that vary in their...

/ November 1, 2006

Western Hub

The ancient capital is repositioning itself as northwest China’s technology and transportation hubby Virginia A. HulmeCapital of Shaanxi, Xi’an lies in the geographic center of China. More than 3,000 years old, Xi’an was China’s capital for more than 1,000 years...

/ May 1, 2006

Cooperative Joint Ventures

Savvy foreign investors may wish to consider the benefits of this flexible investment structureby Paul H. FoltaDespite the attractiveness of China’s business and foreign investment environment, the country is not an easy place to do business. Foreign businesses that seek...

/ January 2, 2005

Wahaha

The Chinese beverage company’s expansion is no laughing matterby Paula M. MillerIf you’ve traveled in China, chances are you drank at least one bottle of Wahaha brand water, or perhaps the company’s iced tea, fruit drinks, or its Future Cola....

/ September 1, 2004

IKEA with Chinese Characteristics

The Swedish furniture retail giant is bringing its unique style—and sales model—to Chinaby Paula M. MillerFor a truly global experience, try stepping off the streets of Shanghai into one of IKEA’s largest outlets. Though the first item you see may...

/ July 1, 2004

Beyond Codes of Conduct

Addressing Labor Rights Problems in Chinaby Robert J. RosoffThe attraction of doing business in China is undeniable. The country’s low labor costs, in particular, enable companies to manufacture apparel, footwear, toys, and many other products very cheaply. China is also...

/ March 1, 2004

Going West: A Progress Report

by Catherine Gelb and Dennis Chen For the last four years, the PRC government has been touting its Great Western Development Strategy (GWDS), an effort to improve the living standards of the 367 million Chinese, more than one-quarter of China’s...