Introduction: Chinese Management in Perspective
Whither Chinese management? In this introductory contribution, we attempt to put the topic in perspective and then ask to what extent has management in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) changed since the economic reforms were launched by Deng Xiaoping in 1978, how it has developed over the last two decades and where it now appears to be going as China enters the World Trade Organization (WTO). ‘The Future of Chinese Management’, the title of this collection, very much depends on both the past and the present state of practice in the field. We therefore first survey the economic background of the last two decades; we then examine the reforms that have taken place over the period; after this, we describe the various studies other contributors of these essays have set out the past, present and possible future trends of Chinese management; last, we sum up.