Australian Expatriates' Experiences in working behind the Bamboo Curtain: An Examination of Guanxi in post-Communist China.

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Title Australian Expatriates' Experiences in working behind the Bamboo Curtain: An Examination of Guanxi in post-Communist China.
Author Hutchings, Kate; Murray, Georgina
Journal Name Asian Business & Management
Editor Harukiyo Hasegawa, Vicky Smith
Year Published 2002
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan Ltd
Abstract Existing literature examining business relationships in China suggests that China has a business culture that is based on strong family networks or cultural ties secured in guanxi connections, which are underpinned by strong Confucian ethics. We agree that Chinese business may have cultural attributes that are distinctly national (that international businesses and their expatriates ignore at their peril), but we also question the continued significance of these historical cultural concepts in a globalizing world. We query whether a system of networks arising from existing state-owned enterprises that has been consolidated during 50 years of communism can still be applicable on the considerably larger scale of multinational corporate business on which Chinese capitalism in the 21st century operates. Interview data collected from Australian expatriates in Shanghai in November 2001 is used to assess the relevance of guanxi. Our findings suggest that the necessity for expatriates to establish guanxi is determined by company size and the individual expatriate's length of service in China.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.palgrave-journals.com/abm/journal/v1/n3/abs/9200019a.html
Copyright Statement The definitive publisher-authenticated version Asian Business & Management (2002) 1, 373-393 is available online at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/abm/journal/v1/n3/pdf/9200019a.pdf
Volume 1
Issue Number 3
Page from 373
Page to 393
ISSN 1472-4782
Date Accessioned 2003-04-15
Date Available 2007-03-30T06:10:45Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Subject Cross discipline
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/7036
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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