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Managing an Empowered Work Force in China

  By now, many people have heard of Chip Starnes, the 42-year-old CEO of Florida-based Specialty Medical Supplies, who was held for six days against his will in the company’s suburban Beijing factory. Starnes has appeared on CNBC Squawk Box, Bloomberg and countless other news shows, and the story of his “detainment” has been covered [...]

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Jobs Are Job One in the United States

As Americans fired up the barbecues all across the United States this past Monday in the country’s 117th celebration of  Labor Day, jobs were on everyone’s minds. On Friday, before workplaces closed for the long holiday weekend, the government announced that unemployment had reached 9.7 percent in August, the highest rate in twenty-six years. Vice [...]

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Young Americans in China (Part II)

Hannah Seligson’s article about young Americans in China certainly hit a responsive chord. Not only did it top the list as the New York Times most e-mailed article, but it also was the cover story on Yahoo.   At a time when many university and business school graduates are concerned about their careers in the United [...]

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Young Americans In China

China is an opportunity for everyone, I make sure to emphasize to those interested in the country. There is a tendency to think that you have to be Chinese, to know a lot about China, or to speak the language fluently to be able to participate in the growth of the country. While all of [...]

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Jobs: Now “Job One” in China

In order to meet the objectives of its various stakeholders–stockholders, employees, creditors, suppliers and anyone else with an interest in the company’s success–a company must run its business and perform according to a variety of metrics. Sometimes, however, circumstances become so critical that it must adopt an overriding, singular focus for the good of all. [...]

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Risks To China’s Economy in 2009 (CKGSB Part IV)

Before leaving China for the holidays, I had an opportunity to attend a discussion of China’s economy in 2009, sponsored by the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) in Beijing, featuring Jing Ulrich, managing director and chairman of China equities for J.P. Morgan, and Yijiang Wang, professor of economics and human resource management at [...]

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Dealing With China’s Human Capital Shortage

The most frequently asked questions I get about doing business in China relate to the human resource issue of how to attract, develop and retain good local managers. A recent article in the August 16th issue of the Economist, Capturing Talent, does an excellent job of showing why this is such a problem today in [...]

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Everyone wants a piece of the dragon

Not a month goes by where the email doesn’t come at least once – sometimes from a friend of a friend, sometimes from a friend’s friend’s friend, sometimes from students currently at my alma mater or language program. Regardless, the questions are always the same: What are the internship possibilities in China? How can I [...]

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Brain Drain in China? The Future Looks Better than the Past – Regardless of Incentives

A recent article in The Guardian highlights the growing concern in China over the increasing numbers of Chinese students who are not only going abroad to study, but more significantly, staying overseas after graduation. Living and working in China, one becomes very familiar with the discrepancies in quality between a Chinese education and a Western [...]

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