In many countries, business practitioners, policy makers, pundits and laypeople want to know how strong China really is in business. In the preceding century, the overall tone of business comments on China was filled with fanfare and ovation. However, despite economic performance and seemingly inexorable growth, some global data in areas such as labour productivity and digital competitiveness, show a different and more nuanced picture.
This collection provides a multi-level reality check on the Chinese economy, firm performance and managerial ties. Given that China must transform its economy and business that can pull global talent together to produce high-end technologies for radically innovative products and services, this book proposes two questions. First, can China restructure its economy from a low-cost growth model to a high value-added innovative model without incurring major structural inertia? Second, can Chinese firms outperform competitors in global high value markets without relying on state initiatives, central funding mechanisms and public R&D institutions?
This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal, Asia Pacific Business Review.
1. The Chimera of Chinese business: perceiving performance through managerial ties
Chris Rowley and Ingyu Oh
2. An empirical investigation on how big data analytics influence China SMEs performance: do product and process innovation matter?
Hamza Saleem, Yongjun Li, Zulqurnain Ali, Aqsa Mehreen, and Muhammad Salman Mansoor
3. High-performance work systems in mainland China: a review and research agenda
4. Does cooperative goal interdependence facilitate market orientation? A top management’s firm–customer perspective in China
Yifeng Nancy Chen, Mike Chao and Yuejie Pan
5. How do managerial ties influence the effectuation and causation of entrepreneurship in China? The role of entrepreneurs’ cognitive bias
Wenwei Zhang, Wenhong Zhao, Yu Gao and Zhenxin Xiao
6. When does environmental corporate social responsibility promote managerial ties in China? The moderating role of industrial power and market hierarchy
Shuyang Wang, Zelong Wei, Xi Song, Sanggyun Na and Jing Ye
7. Run away or stick together: the impact of firm misbehaviour on alliance partners’ defection in China
Lucy Sojung Lee and Weiguo Zhong