Retail is the essential link between production and consumption, and the dynamics of a nation's economy cannot be fully understood without a good understanding of its retail sector. Yet few Chinese scholars have published in English on the reform and transformation of China's retail sector. This volume uses the approach of the new retail geography developed by Wrigley, Lowe, and others, to provide a comprehensive assessment of the changes in consumption patterns brought about by extensive economic reform, the current size of the Chinese consumer market, and, more importantly, regional variations within the vast country. This assessment of "demand" establishes the fundamental context for a subsequent examination of the changes in "supply," outlining the transformation of China's retail economy in the last three decades, including the entry and expansion of foreign retailers, the development of indigenous retail chains as a national strategy to modernize China's retail industry, changing retailer-supplier relations, and the resultant structural changes in the retail sector. Finally, the volume analyzes the changes in the regulatory system and corresponding policy initiatives, showing how the geostrategies of the major retail corporations are largely dictated by the state spatial strategies of the Chinese government. This volume will be of interest not only to scholars, but also international retailers and commercial real estate developers considering business and investment opportunities in China.
One of the critical issues facing both the Chinese government and businesses operating in China is the lack of trained managers. The pace of Chinese economic growth has outstripped the ability of the labour market to supply much needed managerial talent. This book examines the Chinese response to the challenges of management training and development. It surveys the evolution of government policy over the last twenty years and their view of the current gap between managerial supply and demand. It goes on to consider the development of business schools and the impact of foreign partnerships on their operation, and describes the differences between in-company training provision in foreign invested enterprises (FIEs), State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), and private companies. It investigates the growth of management training and consultancy companies, and analyses the perceived quality and utility of management training from the perspective of senior Chinese and expatriate managers. In conclusion, it summarises the current trends in management training and development in China, and outlines the likely course of future developments. Overall, this book is a comprehensive account of management training and development in China, and is an important resource in an area that has hitherto seen little substantive research.
The Tribulations of a Chinaman in China: Illustrated, is an adventure novel by Jules Verne, first published in 1879. The story is about a rich Chinese man, Kin-Fo, who is bored with life, and after some business misfortune decides to die. The book is a traditional adventure, similar in style to Around the World in Eighty Days, which is one of the author's more well-known books. However, it does contain more humour as well as criticism of topics such as the British opium trade in China. Kin-Fo, a well to do Chinese man living in Shang-Hai, is accused by his good friend Wang of not having had any discomforts in his life that would make him appreciate true happiness. When Kin-Fo, receives news that his fortune is lost, he arranges for an insurance policy to be taken out on his life that would cover his death, even by suicide; which he is planning on committing. When Kin-Fo can't bring himself to end his own life, he contracts Wang to do it, by even giving him a letter that will exonerate him of the deed.
In clear, easy-to-grasp language, the author covers many of the topics that you will need to know in order to launch and run a successful business venture.
This audacious and illuminating memoir by Richard Baum, a senior China scholar and sometime policy advisor, reflects on forty years of learning about and interacting with the People's Republic of China, from the height of Maoism during the author's UC Berkeley student days in the volatile 1960s through globalization. Anecdotes from Baum's professional life illustrate the alternately peculiar, frustrating, fascinating, and risky activity of China watching -- the process by which outsiders gather and decipher official and unofficial information to figure out what's really going on behind China's veil of political secrecy and propaganda. Baum writes entertainingly, telling his narrative with witty stories about people, places, and eras. "China Watcher" will appeal to scholars and followers of international events who lived through the era of profound political and academic change described in the book, as well as to younger, post-Mao generations, who will enjoy its descriptions of the personalities and political forces that shaped the modern field of China studies.
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