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International Journal of Business and Systems Research
International Journal of Business and Systems Research


Special issue on: "Chinese Strategic Management: A Systems Perspective on the Practical Aspects and Theoretical Reflections"

Guest Editors:
Mingfang Li, California State University, Northridge, USA
Xudong Gao, Tsinghua University, China
Peilei Fan, Michigan State University, USA

The economic transition in China over the last three decades has produced profound impacts on not only China but also the world. A central part of this transition relates to business management. Top managers in China, influenced by Chinese realities including traditional thinking and existing institutional environments as well as Western management theories, have experienced first-hand challenges related to, and accumulated rich experiences in, formulating and implementing effective strategies to guide their firms through an ever changing and turbulent local as well as global environment.

The academic communities in the Western world as well as China have also expressed a significant interest in lessons that can be derived from such experiences. Academic journals in the field have endeavoured to examine these and related aspects through special issues already but those merely uncovered only tips of a gigantic iceberg as these challenges and resultant experiences are rich and multi-faceted. Extending earlier efforts will help us broaden our perspectives and deepen our understanding of this critical area.

This is the backdrop to the organization of this special issue. It will focus on how traditional Chinese thinking and current realities in the Greater China region relate to strategic management practices as well as their theoretical implications. Adopting a systems perspective, we aim at examining how firm strategic behaviour interacts with the broader environmental context.

Our goal is to examine practical challenges Chinese managers face in their strategic management practices, strategies used by Chinese managers to address these challenges, and relevant theoretical implications. This task is important since lessons learned will be useful for both Chinese and Western managers as they now embrace a global competitive landscape with intimate involvements of Chinese firms. This task is also important for the academic communities all over the world as examining Chinese practices may broaden the pursuit of management knowledge to areas previously under examined, and reveal important insights that might enrich and extend our body of knowledge. In return, such an expanded knowledge base will be useful for both current and future managers.

Subject Coverage
We encourage both conceptual papers and empirical studies (including rigorous in-depth case studies) from potential contributors around the globe. The topics addressed will examine how strategic management practices in the Greater China region are related to one or more of the following key aspects:
  • Chinese philosophy
  • Chinese culture
  • Chinese institutional environments
  • Entrepreneurship in China
  • Technology and innovation management in China
  • Globalisation
The Guest Editors intend to use the above aspects and their linkages with strategic management practices in the Greater China region as broad perimeters for manuscripts included in the special issue. Potential contributors are encouraged to further refine their focus on a related topic so that their contribution will be able to examine a well defined topic in greater depth.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Full paper deadline : 28 February, 2008

Notification of acceptance and review results : 30 April, 2008

Revised submission deadline : 31 May, 2008

Notification of acceptance : 30 June, 2008

Camera-ready version deadline : 31 July, 2008

Potential authors are encouraged to contact any of the guest editors with an extended abstract for timely feedback.