on February 26, 2009
This is an outstanding book and I highly recommend it for anybody interested in China's business environment; entrepreneur or not. Each chapter is dedicated to the experiences of one entrepreneur who has succeeded in China; each of whom focuses on a particular theme. This is done to broaden the scope of the book's lessons and avoid revisiting the same challenges over and again.
One of the reasons made it in China succeeds is because the entrepreneurs tell their stories with surprising modesty given their level of success. The accounts are neither self-congratulatory nor patronizing. This formula allows the reader to focus on the story of how these entrepreneurs succeeded and the lessons to be learned. Ultimately, the reader is shown what helps to make entrepreneurial ventures a success in China, rather than simply presented with an account of a handful of successful people and what they have achieved.
Where made it in China truly succeeds is in simultaneously illustrating the past experiences of these entrepreneurs while conveying an air of excitement about the vast potential which remains to this day. In other words, these entrepreneurs made it in China and the opportunity is still there for you to do so, if you wish. And if you are not an entrepreneur, that is fine too. Sit back and enjoy the ride. It is a good read and a fascinating look into how business is done at the ground level in the world's fastest growing economy.
on July 28, 2009
After living in China for 11 years, 'Made It In China' is the one book I have found that provides simple, yet comprehensive examples of the dynamic elements that makes working and living in China so complex. The stories shared are very useful for understanding that what you see is not what is usually happening. Threads explaining long term relationships, PRC history, and West and East polarities of thought make this a compelling read. As an executive coach, I give this book to my clients who need a quick and insightful overview of how to be even more successful in China. I highly recommend this book not only for deep content, also for just-in-time time perspective building for new commers to China and those looking to expand their business in the Middle Kingdom.