Understanding strategic management in Chinese Organisations: A complexity-based perspective
Faculty of Business and Public Management
School of Management
China has become the driving engine for the world economy recently and presented many opportunities for foreign firms. However, although much research effort has been devoted to studying strategic management in the Chinese organizations, China is still considered as one of the least studied countries. This paper takes a new approach - complexity perspective – to examining the strategic management in the Chinese organizations. It aims to explain why Chinese managers or entrepreneurs behave differently from their Western counterparts. In doing so, literature on the complexity studies ·is firstly reviewed and synthesized. This paper then examines the institutional and cultural settings, and the Chinese history, followed by the elaboration on how these three factors influence the strategic management in the Chinese organizations. Finally, several managerial implications based on the results of this paper are suggested.