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International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management
International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management


Special Issue on: "Business Culture and Management in China"

Guest Editors:
Miltiadis Lytras, University of Patras, Greece
Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos, University of Oviedo, Spain
Prof. Zhongkai Xiong, Chongqing University, China

With China’s importance on the global scale set to grow faster than ever, this Special Issue offers a unique window to observe the state of the art of business culture and management that will chart the course of the future in this region of the world.

The Special Issue aims to analyse the relationship between problems of management in the People's Republic of China and Chinese culture. Five problem areas are outlined:

(i) organizational structure
(ii) management skills and succession
(iii) Party/management relations
(iv) operational
(v) motivation and labour discipline.

Chinese culture is seen to have four main features affecting organisations:

(i) respect for age and hierarchy
(ii) group orientation
(iii) face
(iv) the importance of relationships.

It is argued that these can reinforce management problems arising from a planned economy, as well as undermining the legitimacy of formal organisation. In the future, it is likely that moves towards Western management methods may not have the desired effects as a result of cultural influences.

Chinese management has experienced a dramatic change in recent years. In many areas, established ideas about how Chinese management operates are oversimplified and outdated. This Special Issue sets out to provide a more realistic portrait of Chinese management today, and how it has changed dramatically over the past ten years.

Subject Coverage
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Business etiquette
  • Human resource management
  • Internationalisation
  • National culture and management
  • Organisational culture and management
  • Social corporate responsibility
  • Strategic management

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

Contact with Editors: ASAP

Manuscripts due by: 1 June 2008

Notification to authors: 15 June 2008

Final versions due by: 10 July 2008