The rapid speed and size of China’s economic expansion growth is well known. Several causes and reasons are commonly given for this performance, now joined by some commentary questioning how sustainable this is in the light of slowing growth rates and the need for different types and forms of growth – knowledge/innovative, services, etc – as well as demographic trends within the global context of trade frictions and finally the ‘3Cs’ of 2020 – coronavirus contagion and containment. This collection of research provides further evidence about China’s performance in terms of the role of business and management and also points to future issues. This is detailed in terms of the key areas relevant to performance, such as culture, change, leadership, innovation and knowledge. The theoretical and practical implications of the work contained herein is also noted as well as some calls for future work in key areas.

Inside the Changing Business of China is a significant new contribution to the study of China’s economic growth for researchers, academics and advanced students of international business, management, leadership and innovation.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Asia Pacific Business Review.