16 April 2008

Call for papers: Business Culture and Management in China

Call for papers: Business Culture and Management in China

A special issue of International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management

offers a unique window to observe the state of the art of business culture and management that will chart the course of the future in this region of the world.

The Special Issue aims to analyse the relationship between problems of management in the People's Republic of China and Chinese culture. Five problem areas are outlined:
(i) organizational structure
(ii) management skills and succession
(iii) Party/management relations
(iv) operational
(v) motivation and labour discipline.

Chinese culture is seen to have four main features affecting organisations:
(i) respect for age and hierarchy
(ii) group orientation
(iii) face
(iv) the importance of relationships.

It is argued that these can reinforce management problems arising from a planned economy, as well as undermining the legitimacy of formal organisation. In the future, it is likely that moves towards Western management methods may not have the desired effects as a result of cultural influences.

Chinese management has experienced a dramatic change in recent years. In many areas, established ideas about how Chinese management operates are oversimplified and outdated. This Special Issue sets out to provide a more realistic portrait of Chinese management today, and how it has changed dramatically over the past ten years.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Business etiquette
  • Human resource management
  • Internationalisation
  • National culture and management
  • Organisational culture and management
  • Social corporate responsibility
  • Strategic management
Important Dates
Contact with Editors: ASAP
Submission of manuscripts: 1 June 2008
Notification to authors: 15 June 2008
Final versions due: 10 July 2008

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