1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Chinese Business and Management

Edited By Jane Nolan, Zhao Shuming, Ken Kamoche Copyright 2024
    414 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook, representing the collaboration of 36 scholars, provides a multi-faceted exploration of Chinese business and management.

    The volume represents an ‘inside-out’ perspective, offering local knowledge and experience, in conjunction with an ‘outside-in’ approach, presenting measured and sensitive observations from an outsider’s perspective. The handbook’s approach is organised around five key themes:

    • Cultural and institutional contexts for business in China
    • Management, including digital marketing and entrepreneurship
    • Work and employment, covering gender and trade unions in the workplace
    • Human resource management and human resource development in Chinese businesses, including multinational corporations in the UK
    • Business and economic overviews, revealing the impact of guanxi relations and networks on Chinese business and management

    Revealing major recent developments in Chinese business and management alongside an appreciation of the unique historical, institutional, and cultural context of Chinese business and management, this book is a must-read for scholars, students, and educators of Chinese business and theory, and business in Asia.

    Part 1: Introduction

    1. Introducing Chinese Business and Management

    Jane Nolan, Ken Kamoche, and Shuming Zhao

    Part 2: Cultural and Institutional Contexts

    2. Themes in Ancient Chinese Management

    William H. Starbuck and Violina Rindova

    3. Cultural Foundations of Economic Behaviour in China: The Confucian Legacy

    Carsten Herrmann-Pillath

    4. From ‘Iron-Rice-Bowl’ to Labour Market: The Development of Labour Markets in China After Mao

    Pieter Bottelier

    Part 3: Management

    5. Digital Marketing in China

    Teck-Yong Eng and Sio-Hong Tih

    6. Entrepreneurship in China

    Peihua Fan and Tingting Lu

    7. The Changing Faces of Leadership in Contemporary Chinese Organizations

    Jean Lee and An-Chih Andrew Wang

    8. Management Education in China

    Keith Goodall and Daniel Agerbech Petersen

    Part 4: Work and Employment

    9. Trade Unions in China: The Dynamics of Labour Relations and State-ancillary Unionism in Transition

    William Brown and Xuebing Cao

    10. Gender and ‘Achieving Styles’ in Chinese Workplace: A Social Role and Institutional Perspective

    Yixuan Zhao and Yunfei Xu

    Part 5: Human Resource Management and Development

    11. Human Resources and Employee Relations in China

    Arup Varma and Biyun Hu

    12. Human Resource Management and Innovation in China

    Connie Zheng

    13. Human Resource Development in China: The Role of Vocational Education

    Ying Zhu and Min Min

    14. Human Resource Management in Chinese Multinational Enterprises

    David Fan, Cherrie Jiuhua Zhu, and Mingqiong Mike Zhang

    15. New Issues of Human Resource Management in China: Experiences and Optimization Proposal for Overseas Talent Management

    Shuming Zhao and Juan Du

    16. Chinese Multinational Corporations in the UK: Towards a Research Agenda

    Amani Shajera, Ken Kamoche, and Yanan Feng

    Part 6: Business and Economic Overviews

    17. Guanxi and Networking: China’s Hidden Business Matrix

    Markus Taube and Sven Horak

    18. Can China’s Market Leninism Sustain Organizational Competitiveness at Global Standards of Efficiency and Effectiveness?

    Gordon Redding

    19. Foreign Corporate R&D In China: A Strategic Perspective

    Denis Simon and Cong Cao

    Part 7: Conclusions

    20. The Complex Futures of Chinese Business and Management

    Shuming Zhao, Jane Nolan, Danxia Wei, and Ken Kamoche


    Jane Nolan is Associate Professor of Organization Studies and HRM at the Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, UK.

    Shuming Zhao is Nanjing University Senior Professor, Honorary Dean of the School of Business, and Dean of Xingzhi College at Nanjing University, China.

    Ken Kamoche is Professor of HRM and Organization Studies and Director of the Africa Research Group at the Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, UK.