Archive for the ‘Rants & Raves’ Category

Chinese Internet Censorship

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Not like most Chinese care, though. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 80% of Chinese think the Internet should be managed or controlled, and 85% think the government should be responsible for doing it.


I am doing some background reading ahead of next week’s podcast on Internet Censorship in China. The Pew research cited by Time and other surveys like it, always pose an interpretive challenge for me.

Any society’s responses to polls are heavily influenced by social/political environs. But what if there is self censorship within the response to this poll? Something to address next week….

Managing China: In the land of the blind, the white guy with one eye is king

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

For anyone who has lived extensively in China, you will immediately recognize this scenario:

out with friends at a bar/coffee shop/restaurant in
Beijing/Shanghai/Guangzhou and you meet a fellow Westerner.  After a
the usual polite chit chat about the food/heat/service, the
conversation turns to “so, what do you do in China?”  For those of us
who’ve been doing “the China thing” for a long time, there is a mix of
fascination/dread/mild anticipation for the answers that come out of
these guys mouths.  OK, so it may sound a bit on the snobbish side, but
25 years in to my Chinese adventure, I often feel that I have
heard/seen it all when it comes to these conversations.


Cross-Cultural Management

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009


Innovations in intercultural training

From relocation to integration

Cendant Mobility: Intercultural Management Training/China Trends

Mind the gap: Shortfalls in developing leaders (Chinese)
Bringing the coaching culture to life in China;col1

“a training culture has simply not yet started to evolve in the world’s most populous country.”

Chinese businesses lack global skills and perspective

Chinese often think and talk in principle and abstract terms,” Zhao
[Qizheng, dean of the School of Communications at Renmin University]
said, adding that some Chinese were too indulgent in professional or
political jargon with little concrete meaning to get their ideas across
even to the common Chinese, let alone their overseas guests or partners.
Famous Scholar Yu Qiuyu
communication with other world cultures, Yu Qiuyu believes Chinese
people should readjust their look at their own culture from an
international perspective. This will help them better communicate with
the rest of the world in every aspect
Yu Qiuyu’s name will be forever linked with the promotion of public understanding of Chinese and world cultures.”
An Analysis of Business Challenges Faced by Foreign Multinationals Operating the Chinese Market
Expanding into China? What foreign employers should know about human resource management in China today.
Preventing Expatriate Failure – A Research on the Expatriate Selection and Training
Analyzing work attitudes of Chinese employees: a comparison between state-owned and privately-owned enterprises in China
Foreign Firms in China: Facing Human Resources Challenges in a Transitional Economy

Yes, China’s Foreign Policy is Misunderstood… most of all by the Chinese

Friday, September 4th, 2009

It’s an old and easy hobby to laugh at Americans and how provincial we are when it comes to understanding the world outside of our borders.  We’ve all seen the Jay Leno skits where he stumps the “average joe American” with easy geography questions (e.g. find Canada on a map).  Yeah, it’s an easy laugh.  Americans are pathetically unaware of their role in the world and of even the most basic current events, domestic or international.