corporate culture

Alibaba #MeToo Case Shines Light On Toxic Corporate Cultures

Tech companies’ toxic cultures are the latest focus of China’s resurgent #MeToo movement. In an essay posted on internal Alibaba message boards and later leaked to the public, a female employee alleged that a client assaulted...

Anxieties and Hopes for China’s Future

There are many causes for anxiety in Chinese society today: a weak job market, a stressful work environment, food safety issues, poisonous air, the list goes on. Tencent News recently produced a video profiling young, urban...

China’s Fight Against Bribery and Corruption

High-level corruption is in the news with the recent downfall of former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai. But bribery on a much smaller scale is sometimes part of the risk of doing business in China. As part of an effort to stamp...

The Daughter also Rises

The Economist reports on increasing numbers of women rising to the top of the corporate ladder in emerging economies, including China: ZHANG YIN (also known by her Cantonese name, Cheung Yan) was the eldest of eight children of...

East Meets West, but It Takes Some Practice

The New York Times looks at initiatives to train Western business executives in the nuances of Chinese corporate culture before setting up shop in the country: Western executives flying into China for a week of back-to-back...

Rent a White Guy

From The Atlantic: Not long ago I was offered work as a quality-control expert with an American company in China I’d never heard of. No experience necessary—which was good, because I had none. I’d be paid $1,000 for a week, put...

Twenty-two Rules for Zhejiang Businessmen

The following document was reportedly found on the wall of a Zhejiang businessman’s office, and has since been circulated widely among Chinese bloggers. Twenty-two Rules for Businessman from Zhejiang Province 1. Persist in...

China’s Future Execs Seek their Inner Chicken

AP reports on seminars for Chinese employees to help them “think outside the box” and foster their innovatiion: While the state is spending billions of dollars on technology parks, research grants and art programs,...

Mao’s Pervasive Influence on Chinese CEOs – Shaomin Li and Kuang S. Yeh

A new study written about in the Harvard Business Review says that China’s capitalists are deeply influenced by Mao Zedong thought: Our research on the practices and attitudes of Chinese CEOs offers abundant evidence that Mao’s principles continue to influence top executives: All but one of 15 CEOs we interviewed told us they often turned […]



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