“Face” is a crucial concept for business practice and strategy in China. Putting the concept of face into practice will result in increased trustworthiness in business relationships. The information is presented in light of the popular Western emphasis on “authenticity” in relationships.
You can find China facts everywhere, but who doesn’t love a fun infographic? This infographic covers some impressive numbers and facts about China that are relevant in 2020.
This post examines the stark difference between Chinese business practices and Western business practices regarding contracts. This is not a superficial difference, nor a mere matter of outward custom. Rather, the presence of contracts in Western business – and minimal role of contracts in the Chinese context – reveals a deep divide in thinking about obligations, property rights, respect, social hierarchies, and relationships. There are two senses of the word “contract-less” in this blog: first, it refers to the lack of contracts and second, to the varying, sometimes minimal, importance of contracts.
Although contracts seem to provide the greatest security, there is also security in the alternative – IF you understand how to navigate relationships. This is s simple yet comprehensive, cross-cultural guide to contracts.
Ever wondered why you see red lanterns around January each year?
I recently returned from a trip to China and will be writing about my trip. While in China, I learned about the importance of the Lantern Festival and what the red lanterns symbolize. In this post, I’ll also introduce some cultural insights to make you a sophisticated, open-minded world citizen, ready to make friends from afar!