Exploring Chinese cultural standards through the lens of German managers: A case study approach

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Abstract

The ability to understand one's own culture and to deal with specificities of foreign cultures is one of the core requirements in today's international business. Management skills are partially culture specific and a management approach that is appropriate in one cultural context may not be appropriate in another. Several business activities of companies nowadays take place abroad, which requires managers to interact with different cultures. This paper aims to analyse cultural characteristics, especially in a Sino-German business context. Based on literature analysis and case study research, relevant cultural standards in China were identified from the German perspective. The result differentiates three superordinate cultural areas and five specific cultural standards and analyses different influence factors on the dimensions of the identified Chinese cultural standards. © 2011.

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Moser, R., Migge, T., Lockstroem, M., & Neumann, J. (2011). Exploring Chinese cultural standards through the lens of German managers: A case study approach. IIMB Management Review, 23(2), 102–109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iimb.2011.02.002

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