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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (24 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230285457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230285453
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Chinese entrepreneurs have made remarkable progress by following the Western business model. At the same time, through their diligence and practicality they have become more mature and created their own unique Chinese business model. In 'China's Management Revolution,' Mr. Charles-Edouard Bouée sums up the features of the Chinese management model, which integrates Western business culture with Chinese business wisdom. It's a great contribution to the enrichment of the global management model.' - JIN Zhiguo, Chairman of Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

'This book is a genuine attempt in unraveling the dynamics of what's called "Chinese-style management", against the backdrop of China's rise as an emerging economic power. In writing this book Charles-Edouard Bouée has done a good service as well offer an insider's perspective for international businessmen who want to do business in China. As a leading strategist, he understands that he is in the business of offering good and practical solutions.' - Lifen Zhang, Associate Editor, Financial Times, Editor-in-Chief,

'Eloquently written, this book presents important new insights for management theory and practice from China – where private entrepreneurs' wholehearted embrace of the US management style has given way to a distinctly Chinese way of doing business. Bouée, a French investment banker with an American academic degree and head of a European consultancy's operations in China, brings a profound understanding of different management styles to his exploration of this shift.' - Soumitra Dutta, Professor of Business and Technology, Academic Director, eLab, INSEAD

'China has been delivering economic miracles. However, it remains a mystery how Chinese enterprises are managed. While the Chinese endeavor to learn from Western experience, they have retained their unique management philosophy and culture. We should therefore try to understand the diverse management styles of Chinese companies as they are playing a more active role on the global stage. This book is a timely guide for Western readers to help them understand the truth of Chinese management.' - Ning Xiangdong, Professor, School of Economics and Management, and Director, Center for Corporate Governance, Tsinghua University

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China is facing many new business challenges as a result of rapid growth and a changing world economy. How can managers develope the skills they need to cope with these challenges in a changing world?

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Woodpacker on 12 Jan 2011
Format: Hardcover
"China's Management Revolution" by Charles-Edouard Bouée is a great example of what is developing on the highest levels in China's uppers echelon. Bouée, who is an experienced man in asian business, describes a new management style, which is developing in China. The old-fashioned, American style will soon be history, because the Chinese entrepreneurs are starting to find their own way of management.

Mr. Bouée succeeds in covering all important items of that topic. He starts with the latest history of China and how the country easened the isolation to the western countries and how the Olypmics of 2008 changed the image outside and inside the country. The biggest part of his book is the explanation of three basic topics he recognized in his researches: spirit, land and energy. This means, that Chinese managers take more care of the history, culture, society and people in China. In the last part of his book Bouée looks into the present and the future of this new managment style.

Bouée discovered nine characteristics of the new Chinese management style, which are inspired by the above-named spirit, land and energy: Dynamic, adapted, flexible, synthetic, mutual, consensual, spiritual, disciplined and natural. These nine characteristics are showing, that this new management style is the exact opposite of the uncompromising American management style. For sure, every manager wants to make the highest profit. But the way of getting there, is changing.

Conclusion: In summary, the book is a qualified source for anyone who is interested in business (especially in Asia) and who wants to start a business in China or with Chinese partners. Bouée describes, in a very comprehensive way, how the old structures of management in China are changing into an new epoch. 5/5!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pat on 11 Jan 2011
Format: Hardcover
Charles-Edouard Bouée describes in his book "China's Management Revolution" the development of a new management style in China. He does that in a very comprehensive way.
The book cover says that Mr. Bouée is the president of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Asia. This experience in the business world of the far east is to be felt in the whole book.
This late development of an own Chinese management style explains Bouée with the fast growth of China's economy.

For years, the American style of managing has been seen as the ultimate management style. But nowadays, the Chinese managers refrain from this uncomprimising and act after the principle of spirit, land and energy. Bouée recognized, that the Chinese managers take more care of the spirit, which includes the history and the culture of China, the land, which includes the people and the ressources of China and energy, which means, that a single person is never more important than the group. These three attributes characterize this new management style, which is more and more used by the Chinese managers.

Bouée succeed in describing the past, the present and the future of these interesting development. This book is really recommendable for all who are interested in business themes, especially in the Chinese business.

"Only" 4 of 5 stars, because I would like to read more practical examples.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas J. R. Dougan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan 2011
Format: Hardcover
Charles-Edouard Bouee is President of Munich-based strategy consultancy RolandBerger's Asian operation, a former investment banker who now splits his time between Paris and Shanghai. In this book of almost 200 pages, he identifies the financial crisis of 2007-2008 as marking the end of the "American experiment" of applying American business school thinking to the development of private enterprise in China, a process that had started in 1978 when Deng Xiaoping set the country on the road to modernization in the aftermath of the catastrophic Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. No longer is the Western model seen as superior, now Chinese entrepreneurs are developing a specifically Chinese style of business management, built on their long cultural and mercantile traditions.

Bouee discusses Chinese business culture in the models of Spirit, Land and Energy. In spirit he outlines the sometimes conflicting philosophies of Confucianism, Daoism and Legalism, their interplay with Maoism and their effect on perceptions of leadership. Using the metaphor of Land he covers those aspects of Chinese society that are immutable and uncontrollable, including the role of the Communist Party. Bouee sees the CCP as direct descendants of the Imperial administrator class, while entrepreneurs are the latter day merchant class, and argues that the creative tension between the two works to China's benefit. The chapter on Energy provides commentary on entrepreneurial drive in China and also on fears that progress may start to undermine that entrepreneurial energy. Chinese businessmen, Bouee suggests, are motivated by a desire to contribute to the health of society as a whole, that they see themselves as patriots - and American ones do not.
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