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Understanding Management in China

Past, present and future, 1st Edition

By Malcolm Warner


244 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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China has become one of the fastest-growing economies ever seen in the world in recent times. In the last three decades, China has transformed itself from a command economy to a market one, albeit a nominally socialist one, and its management systems have been reformed accordingly. In the light of these changes, Malcolm Warner, one of the leading authorities on management in China, explores the past, present and future of Chinese management. The first part of the work examines the history of management practices in the ‘Middle Kingdom’, outlining the influence of traditional Chinese values, especially the Confucian inheritance, and the legacy of the imperial bureaucracy with its meritocratic examination system, as well as the role of industrialization and the influx of foreign-owned businesses in the late nineteenth century and the twentieth century. It next goes on to consider the current state of China’s management, showing how a new breed of manager has evolved since the beginning of Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in the late 1970s and 1980s. The resulting impact of this strategy which has continued into the 1990s and the 2000s, up to the present day, is then examined. The final part of the book concludes with reflections on how management in China is likely to develop in the near future, especially on how far it will converge with global practices or to what degree an indigenous form of management 'with Chinese characteristics' will prevail.


"Malcolm Warner has accumulated thirty years of knowledge about China and this lends a special strength to his book. It offers an exceptionally well-informed insight into the development of management in China and how it has been shaped by that country’s history, culture and economic reform." – Professor John Child, University of Birmingham, UK

"An indispensable resource book for anyone who seeks to gain an overview of the history, economy and institutions of China as they mould that country's managers and management." – Rosalie L. Tung, The Ming & Stella Wong Professor of International Business, Simon Fraser University, Canada and a past President of the Academy of Management, USA

"Professor Warner has done an admirable job in striking a fine balance between breadth and depth in the coverage of management issues in China. This book is a superb choice for those who wish to learn about all the key management issues in China in one easy read." – Kwok Leung, Chair Professor of Management, City University of Hong Kong

"This book is destined to become one of the most widely read, cited, and debated books on Chinese management." – Professor Mike Peng, Jindal Chair of Global Strategy, University of Texas at Dallas, USA, and author, Global Strategy, Global Business, and GLOBAL.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Introduction Part 2: Past 2. History 3. Culture Part 3: Present 4. Economy 5. Industry 6. Managers 7. Labour-Management 8. Human Resource Management Part 4: Future 9. Future 10. Conclusions

About the Author

Malcolm Warner is Professor and Fellow Emeritus, Wolfson College and the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of the growth economies of Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General