Posts tagged "chinese business"
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....
4 Lessons You Can Learn from eBay’s Failure in China

4 Lessons You Can Learn from eBay’s Failure in China

. Guest post by Courtney Gordner   When it comes to companies expanding into foreign markets for the first time, there is no such thing as “too big to fail.” Instead, the observer may find that this old adage instead holds true: the bigger they are, the harder they fall. In this way, an American...
Did US Company Herbalife Take the Pyramid Scheme to China?

Did US Company Herbalife Take the Pyramid Scheme to China?

Guest post by Courtney Gordner   US company Herbalife Ltd. has had a great deal of success recently expanding into China. This is worrying for some Chinese business analysts as Herbalife is considered to be little more than a scam. It’s possible that would-be Chinese entrepreneurs are being taken advantage of. In the United States,...
Live Music in China and the Importance of Giving Face

Live Music in China and the Importance of Giving Face

  Photo credit: Andy Best, Kungfuology Guest article by Michael Hurwitz China is home to an increasingly diverse array of foreign nationals. As it began opening up to the world in the 1970’s and 1980’s, business executives, students, and technical specialists were generally the only types of foreigners to be found here, but with globalization...

Shopping for Items at Chinese Online Marketplaces: Is It Safe?

Guest article by Courtney Gordner   It’s hard to keep your eyes from getting as big as saucers when you first get a glimpse of the discount prices on some consumer items in China, which range from tablets, to jewelry, to the latest fashions. Many of these can also be found on Chinese shopping sites...
Thinking on a Global Level: Business Globalization in the U.S. & China

Thinking on a Global Level: Business Globalization in the U.S. & China

Guest post by Ivan Serrano   With so many businesses pushing the digital side of their strategies, globalization is rapidly becoming less of a goal to reach toward and more of a necessity for survival. It’s easy for us to consider the ramifications and challenges that are part of globalizing from an American point of...
Why Racist Business Practices Will Hurt You in the Global Market

Why Racist Business Practices Will Hurt You in the Global Market

Guest post by Courtney Gordner  Earlier this year, General Motors was forced to apologize and pull an ad that referred to China as “The Land of Fu Manchu.” If you’re unaware, Fu Manchu is a fictional character depicted as a criminal mastermind in a 1932 film who convinces other Asian men to kill off white...
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...
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...
Closing Deals in China: A Study in Relativity

Closing Deals in China: A Study in Relativity

By Justin Shuttleworth “Time eases all things.” –Sophocles I spent four years as a sales manager in mainland China, doing business in some of the largest cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Those four years seemed to sail by very quickly. My company’s primary product was a world-class air purifier and business was good,...
Interview with Peter Hill on the Foreign Job Market in China

Interview with Peter Hill on the Foreign Job Market in China

As we ring in 2013 here at LCB, many of us are thinking about how we can advance our China-focused careers in the coming 12 months – after the effects of New Year’s Eve festivities have worn off, of course. We caught up with Peter Hill, “The Career Doctor,” to shed some light on the...

Clean Energy Investment: Wanxiang Wins Acquisition Bid for A123

Chinese auto parts titan Wanxiang has won a bid for bankrupt A123 Systems Inc. and its clean energy battery tech – this is an interesting potential acquisition in the world of clean energy investment, yet to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), involving Chinese capital and de-valued U.S. assets, a pattern...