1st Edition

Inside the Changing Business of China Organizational Evolution, Culture, Leadership and Innovation

Edited By Chris Rowley, Ingyu Oh Copyright 2021
    108 Pages
    by Routledge

    108 Pages
    by Routledge

    The rapid speed and size of China’s economic expansion growth is well known. Several causes and reasons are commonly given for this performance, now joined by some commentary questioning how sustainable this is in the light of slowing growth rates and the need for different types and forms of growth – knowledge/innovative, services, etc – as well as demographic trends within the global context of trade frictions and finally the ‘3Cs’ of 2020 – coronavirus contagion and containment. This collection of research provides further evidence about China’s performance in terms of the role of business and management and also points to future issues. This is detailed in terms of the key areas relevant to performance, such as culture, change, leadership, innovation and knowledge. The theoretical and practical implications of the work contained herein is also noted as well as some calls for future work in key areas.

    Inside the Changing Business of China is a significant new contribution to the study of China’s economic growth for researchers, academics and advanced students of international business, management, leadership and innovation.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Asia Pacific Business Review.

    1. Introduction: The Changing Shapes of Business in China: Organizational, Cultural, Leadership and Innovation

    Chris Rowley and Ingyu Oh

    2. Folk tales and organizational change: an integrative model for Chinese management

    Ronald Busse

    3. Does Confucian management exist in Chinese companies? An examination of the intersection between cultural influence and business practice in China

    Andrew Atherton

    4. An examination of three-way interactions of paternalistic leadership in China

    Wai Kwan Lau, Zhen Li and John Okpara

    5. Interpersonal feelings and knowledge seeking in China

    Michael Jijin Zhang

    6. Effects of organizational innovation and technological innovation capabilities on firm performance: evidence from firms in China’s Pearl River Delta

    Quan Chen, Chun-Hsien Wang and Shi-Zheng Huang


    Chris Rowley is Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, UK, and is Professor Emeritus at Cass Business School, City, University of London, UK. He has over 30 years' experience in university systems in the UK, Europe and Asia and has won several international grants. He is the editor of three journals, including Asia Pacific Business Review, and has published over 700 articles, books, chapters, and practitioner pieces. He regularly provides interviews, expert comments and opinion pieces to the international media, including news services, TV, radio and practitioner outlets.

    Ingyu Oh is Professor of International Business at Kansai Gaidai University, Japan. He has spent most of his academic career teaching and researching Japanese, South Korean and Taiwanese corporations, with an emphasis on leadership, governance, innovation and organizational evolution. He is currently the President of the World Association for Hallyu Studies.