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Title: A review of the Chinese cultural influences on Chinese enterprise management
Authors: Pun, KF
Chin, KS
Lau, HCW
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: International journal of management reviews, 2000, v. 2, no. 4, p. 325-338 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of management reviews 
Abstract: In order to create and sustain competitive advantage, a company should not only develop technologies to create products and processes that meet customer needs, but also stimulate a corporate culture that commits to continuous performance improvement. Managing corporate culture is one of a number of important factors that make for organizational change and business success. This paper reviews the cultural roots and identifies the characteristics of Chinese cultural values and management. A comparative analysis of the differences between Anglo-American and Chinese cultures is made. The cultural influences on Chinese management systems are then elaborated with reference to enterprise management in Mainland China and Hong Kong. With unique cultural heritage, collective orientation has a pervasive influence on the mode of Chinese management and organization. The prevailing Chinese culture values stress largely the paternalistic approach to management, acceptance of hierarchy and the importance of relationships. Today's Chinese enterprises need to determine changes in practice or value or both aspects of corporate culture in order to facilitate organizational change and maintain a competitive edge over their rivals. The paper also discusses the links of cultural values to employee involvement (EI) and total quality management (TQM), and initiates a need to manage cultural influences on EI/TQM practices to improve organizational performance in Chinese enterprises.
ISSN: 1460-8545
EISSN: 1468-2370
DOI: 10.1111/1468-2370.00045
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