Expatriate Managers and Cross-Cultural Leadership in China: Research and Practice in Leading and Managing Chinese Employees

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This book covers various aspects of leading and managing Chinese employees. As the second largest economy in the world, China is a strategic destination for international business ventures, with many expatriates working there. For these expatriate managers, cross-cultural management can be challenging, as their own management and leadership approaches may not always be compatible with local cultures and practices. This makes it important for managers to understand Chinese culture and employee workplace behaviors and expectations.

This book aims to help readers understand how Chinese cultural values shape the work attitudes and behaviours of Chinese employees; what Chinese workers expect of their leaders and how their expectations are associated with their satisfaction; expatriate senior managers' views and experiences in managing Chinese subordinates; the challenges encountered by these managers and their suggestions for overcoming such challenges; and the extent to which expatriate business leaders must adjust their leadership behaviours cross-culturally, how and why they adjust, and their adjustment patterns.

With insights derived from the experiences of over 390 expatriate senior managers and over 350 Chinese employees, the book is a must-read for all expatriate business managers and EMBA students who are currently or will be working in China. It will help them understand the unique values, attitudes, and behaviors of Chinese employees, behave in socially acceptable ways, and lead/manage Chinese employees effectively. It is a good reference guide for researchers and management consultants who wish to learn about the cross-cultural management issues found in Chinese workplaces and gain empirical insights into cross-cultural leadership in China.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherWorld Scientific
Number of pages324
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-127-880-8
ISBN (Print)978-981-127-878-5
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameWorld Scientific Series in Asian Business and Management Studies: Volume 2
PublisherWorld Scientific


  • Leadership
  • Cross-cultural leadership
  • China
  • leadership behavior adjustment (LBA), leadership behavior (LB), leader effectiveness (LE)

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