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Improving Competitiveness through Human Resource Development in China
The Role of Vocational Education

ISBN 9781032089638
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
144 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book looks at the development of vocational education and training in China and how it is crucial to human resource development and improving competitiveness. It briefly outlines the contextual issues related to vocational education and training in China, the importance of vocational education and how China has been using vocational training to reduce the unemployment rate and raise its overall human capital.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Conceptual Issues and Background

3. The Development of VET in China

4. Case Studies of VET in China

5. Reforming the VET System and Enhancing Teachers and Students’ Career Development

6. On-going Challenges and Future Development of China’s VET System

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Min Min graduated from the School of Management at the University of South Australia. Her teaching and research interests include strategic HRM, human resource development (HRD), international HRM and comparative studies of HRM systems among emerging economies.

Ying Zhu is Professor and Director of the Australian Centre for Asian Business at the University of South Australia. Ying has published widely in the areas of international HRM, international business and economic development in Asia. Ying has published numerous articles and books.


"Most would acknowledge the role central planning has played in the economic development and modernization of China. But what about skills development of the workforce? Does the vocational education system have anything to do with the Chinese miracle? This book, written by two experts on workforce skills development provides highly readable and interesting insights into this question. Zhu and Min review not only the historical facts on this topic but current practices as well. It is a must reading for any scholar of China." — S. Tamer Cavusgil, Callaway Professorial Chair and CIBER Executive Director, Georgia State University, USA

"This is a welcome and stand-out addition to the increasingly over-crowded market for books on China. These well-regarded academics provide a timely, well written, interesting and historically grounded account of an increasingly key area as the country seeks to change and ‘upgrade’ its economy - skills and workforce development." — Professor Chris Rowley, Kellogg College, University of Oxford & Cass Business School, City, University of London

"Min Min and Ying Zhu are to be congratulated on this welcomed addition to our understanding on what drives competitiveness in China. The authors have used their deep knowledge of China and an array of case studies to craft a narrative on the significance of vocational education to China's success over the past forty years. For too long vocational education has not been awarded the credit it deserves. This book goes a long way to rectifying this serious omission in the literature and is essential reading for all those who wish to understand the 'Chinese miracle'". — Professor John Benson, FASSA, Head, School of Business, Monash University Malaysia

"After over four decades economic reforms, China is on a fast track to integrating itself into the global economy, which can be observed from the dramatic surge in foreign direct investment conducted by Chinese firms. The rapid internationalization of Chinese firms have made an urgent requirement to have a high-skilled workforce. How does China face this challenge through its vocational education and training (VET)? What is the process of VET development in China? What has been achieved through the VET system in China? How has the VET system been reformed to facilitate career development? These questions have now been well addressed by the book of Min and Zhu (2019). Based on a systematic review and case studies, this book contains both highly interesting theoretical and empirical findings and makes a most useful contribution to research in this field. It is a timely study and the authors have done a commendable job." — Cherrie Jiuhua Zhu, Professor of HRM and Chinese Studies, Monash Business School, Monash University, Australia