Posts tagged "china business experience"
Book Review: China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global

Book Review: China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global

  Book Review: China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global by Joel Backaler, pp. 208, Palgrave Macmillan   Review by Peter Kovas My grandfather visited China with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1973. He wasn’t a musician, he was a retired businessman who accompanied the Orchestra as president of its board....

How Franchising Works in China

By Thibaud Andre Franchising in China has gained momentum Franchising in China has already been on its way for the last decade with a lot of international companies entering the market. It is easy to find such famous brands as H&M, MacDonald, L’Oreal, IKEA or Starbucks in metropolitan Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Beijing....
Interview: JX Paulin, 20 Years of Success in China

Interview: JX Paulin, 20 Years of Success in China

In this article, Thibaud Andre, a French consultant in Shanghai, sits down with JX Paulin, founder of DBX International, to discuss some of his experiences and successes doing business during the last 20 years in China and into the future with an eye on Africa. – Andre: Mr. Paulin, in a few months you will...
Chinese Students Turn to Social Media When Selecting Foreign Universities

Chinese Students Turn to Social Media When Selecting Foreign Universities

Featured article from Digital Jungle   University recruiters must make their presence known in the busy lives of Chinese high school students and one good way to do this is through social media marketing. The potential of this medium is endless as it can reach users anywhere and at any time, so it’s not surprising...
Wheels Within Wheels: Navigating Complex Motivations in Chinese Business

Wheels Within Wheels: Navigating Complex Motivations in Chinese Business

By Ward Chartier The purpose of this true story is to describe how nothing is what it seems to be in many situations in China.  The story is also a caution about the need to be constantly aware of thinking and actions occurring on several levels simultaneously. Confucian principles are an indelible part of the...
From Budweiser to Tommy Hilfiger: Digital Chinese New Year Campaigns

From Budweiser to Tommy Hilfiger: Digital Chinese New Year Campaigns

Featured article from Digital Jungle The Year of the Horse is just around the corner and following is a round-up of some of the best digital Chinese New Year campaigns. The Year of the Snake is slithering away and people all across China are making New Year’s resolutions while filling hongbao envelopes and preparing family meals....
Digital Jungle: Establishing the Digital Presence of Western Brands in China

Digital Jungle: Establishing the Digital Presence of Western Brands in China

A Beijing-based entrepreneur talks about how his digital marketing agency links Western companies to Chinese consumers. By Aaron Posehn In this article, I sit down with Dr. Mathew McDougall, the founder and CEO of Digital Jungle, a Beijing-based digital marketing agency that helps to establish Western brands looking for a place in the Chinese market....
A Warm Winter's Tuesday in Shanghai

A Warm Winter’s Tuesday in Shanghai

A memorable interaction with a Chinese employee leaves an American factory manager in Shanghai touched by an extraordinary example of kindness and generosity. Winter in Shanghai; photo from blog That Look Crayzy!   By Ward Chartier The starting time at my factory in Shanghai is 9 am.  The buses carrying employees arrive shortly before then, and...
China Meets Texas: What to Do When Cultural Differences Collide?

China Meets Texas: What to Do When Cultural Differences Collide?

By Ward Chartier Though I lived and worked in Texas for 16 years, I wasn’t born there.  While in Texas I learned quite a bit about Texas culture, and even learned to distinguish the East Texas accent from the West Texas accent.  What struck me most about Texas culture is the rugged individualism and self-reliance...
Money As A Motivator In China and What To Do About It

Money As A Motivator In China and What To Do About It

By Ward Chartier   “Money is not a strong motivator.”  We in the West have often heard this from our colleagues in the human resources (HR) department– I remember hearing that at least twice during management skills training at different companies.  While endeavoring to promote subordinates or give them out-of-cycle salary increases, I had the...
Cutting Corners: The Quality Game in China

Cutting Corners: The Quality Game in China

By Ward Chartier After working in high-tech factories in China for seven years, I’ve come to appreciate the many differences working there compared to previous assignments in southeast Asia and Europe.  On the positive side, there is a strong work ethic among Chinese employees.  Daily attendance is often 99% or greater.  It is usually possible...
Custom Motor Design & China Outsourcing: Understanding & Avoiding Risks

Custom Motor Design & China Outsourcing: Understanding & Avoiding Risks

In an LCB-featured guest article, the president of Portland, Oregon-based Sinotech offers his insight into how to control risks and succeed when sourcing customized components from Chinese suppliers. By Michael Bloom China is a valuable partner for Western businesses, but many don’t understand the nuances of outsourcing. I’ve worked with Chinese companies via my custom motor...