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Can China Lead?: Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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William V. Hickey, retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sealed Air Corporation
Can China Lead? is a thoughtful and well-written perspective on the development of modern China, its emergence as an economic power, and its future outlook. This is a must-read for anyone doing business in China today and anyone interested in the leadership challenges that China will face going forward.”
Rodney Chase, former Deputy Group Chief Executive and Managing Director, BP plc
These Harvard and Wharton luminaries have written a challenging and disturbing assessment of modern-day China while brilliantly illuminating the country’s traumatic twentieth-century journey. While the authors express real doubts about China’s readiness to embrace a world leadership role anytime soon, this book will help all of us understand China just a little better.”
Karen Mills, former Administrator, US Small Business Administration
Entrepreneurship may be America’s secret sauce,’ but it’s an essential part of China’s heritage as well. From a deep historical understanding, Can China Lead? asks what will happen when the Chinese and American entrepreneurial economies face off in a global marketplace.”
George Yeo, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
The authors doubt that China can lead the world, admitting that China may not have any such ambition in the first place. Analyzing the country’s deep contradictions, this book will teach you how business is done in Chinaand it does so brilliantly.”
Tom Lee, Hughes M. Blake Professor of Management, Foster School of Business, University of Washington; former President, Academy of Management
One of the best books on China that I’ve read in a very long time.”
About the Author
William C. Kirby is the Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University. He is Chairman of the Harvard China Fund. He has served as Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. He is an honorary professor at Peking University, Nanjing University, Chongqing University, Zhejiang University, East China Normal University, Fudan University, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and National Chengchi University.
F. Warren McFarlan is a Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School, as well as the Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus. He is concurrently a guest professor at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management and codirector of the school’s China Business Case Center.
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Procurement is spending an increasing amount of time analyzing the tradeoffs between building global supply chains and reshoring (or at least nearshoring) materials and services that might previously have come from China. This book is an accessible introduction to the highly contextual nature of business in China. The primary tensions, which sometimes lead to misunderstandings by businesses in other countries, are between the official government and the dominant Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The CCP has leaders representing their interests in every major corporate organization, leading to misgivings about intellectual property rights and agreements.
Companies looking to do business in China would be wise to understand what holds value to Chinese firms, including manufacturing or design processes that allow them to build their own knowledge and skills. “For example, an agreement with Boeing to buy a large number of Dreamliners for Chinese airlines was directly linked to the decision by Boeing to have the rudders built in China. Had the Chinese not gained access to that technology, the planes would not have been ordered.” (p. 92).Read more ›
The book seems to be written for businessmen planning to invest in China. It presents pitfalls and warnings. The premise is obvious; the writing is clear. It's all business and not meant to be entertaining.
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I posted my review under another edition (?) but I assume the content is the same. See http://www.amazon.com/review/R228QKCDWS879Published 20 months ago by George Koo
The authors contend that China's private sector is constrained by favoritism towards state-owned corporations, concerns about intellectual property protection and political... Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Loyd Eskildson