Managing People in China: Perceptions of Expatriate Managers

Sergeant, Andrew; Frenkel, Stephen
March 1998
Journal of World Business;Spring98, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p17
Academic Journal
Foreign direct investment has boomed in China and East Asia more generally over the past decade. This has been accompanied by an influx of expatriate managers with responsibility for managing joint ventures and subsidiaries. The paper reviews the relevant literature and draws on interviews with expatriate managers with extensive experience in China, and some other East Asian countries, to identify key human resource management issues and ways in which these were handled. The paper discusses the importance of individual learning and the application of knowledge of cultural differences to managing foreign in vested enterprises. We argue that organizations could significantly enhance future expatriate managerial effectivesness by systematically building, updating and disseminating knowledge based on the experience of expatriate managers.


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