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Explaining Guanxi by Ying-Lun So
Book DescriptionGuanxi, a system of Chinese business relationships, is often described, but is rarely fully understood. Though it seems intangible, there is no doubt that it has contributed significantly to the success of Chinese entrepreneurs and the places where they work. Translated loosely as 'personal ties', this simple explanation belies a complex and nuanced system. Guanxi has often been criticised as nepotism - unfair, inefficient, even corrupt, and generally detrimental to business and economic growth...but if it is that bad, how does it survive? This insightful book unravels the origins of Guanxi and provides a much-needed explanation of the phenomena. It investigates: * why it was initiated and developed * what function it serves * how it is maintained * why it is such a dominant phenomenon in Chinese business life Combining economics, law and culture, this clear and concise book looks to the future of Guanxi based on its history. Drawing on cultural, organizational and economic studies, it takes a multi-disciplinary approach, integrating these various topics into a coherent explanation of Guanxi ensuring that this illuminating book will be equally useful to students of Asian business as to practitioners working within this market.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415384179
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ying-Lun So
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Unravels the origins of Guanxi and provides an explanation of the phenomena. This book investigates: why it was initiated and developed; what function it serves; how it is maintained; and why it is such a dominant phenomenon in Chinese business life. Combining economics, law and culture, it looks to the future of guanxi based on its history.
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Author Biography - Ying-Lun So
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
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