Chinese Culture in the Workplace Persuasive Essay by scribbler

Chinese Culture in the Workplace
An examination of Chinese culture and its implications for Americans wishing to do business with the Chinese.
# 152930 | 2,926 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 01, 2013 in Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures) , Business (International)

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The paper describes how Confucian thought is part of the intricate moral fiber that makes up Chinese customs, norms and etiquette, and argues that understanding the importance of some of the moral system's tenets will assist a foreigner in partaking in a very beneficial relationship in the workplace and in social situations. The paper addresses Chinese agrarian beliefs, philosophic traditions, historical traditions and writing traditions, and shows how the Chinese culture is nearly the same in the way it relates to both familial and workplace situations.

From the Paper:

"The Chinese may have a lot to learn from the West when it comes to technology, but the Chinese have never felt that they need to learn from the West when it comes to areas of decorum and protocol when it comes to etiquette whether in social, familial or business situations (Seligman 1999). Since Confucius first organized the universe of interpersonal relationships and their connected duties about 2,500 years ago, the Chinese have had an established set of principles governing etiquette on which they have always relied upon (1999). The principles developed by Confucius have to do with goodness, rightness, ritual, wisdom and credibility (Alon 2003). The influence of Confucian principles is still found in state-owned enterprises, institutions, government organizations, and family enterprises. These principles have also been passed down from generation to generation and to understand the Chinese culture is to understand their philosophical culture as well, which will aid in business practices and working with Chinese workers.
"China has always been a largely homogeneous society with little tolerance for departure from the generally accepted norms of behavior. For the Chinese people, there are proper and improper ways for people to behave toward one another, and one will infrequently hear much argument as to exactly what these are (Seligman 1999)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alon, Ilan. (2003). Chinese culture, organizational behavior, and international business management. Praeger Publishers.
  • Seligman, Scott D. (1999). Chinese business etiquette: a guide to protocol, manners, and culture in the People's Republic of China. Grand Central Publishing.
  • Sun, Ted. (2010). Inside the Chinese business mind: a tactical guide for managers. ABC- CLIO, LLC.
  • Verstappen, Stefan H. (2008). Chinese business etiquette: a practical pocket guide. Stone Bridge Press; illustrated edition edition.
  • Williamson, Andrew. (2004). The Chinese business puzzle: how to work more effectively with Chinese cultures (Working with other cultures). How To Books.

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