Think More Like Chinese explains Chinese thought and business culture from the Chinese perspective. It gives first-hand insight into what Chinese are really thinking when conducting business. Zhang explains, in detail, common Chinese behaviours that may seem odd to non-Chinese. She brings a wealth of personal experience in contemporary Chinese business investment and management, sharing experiences and observations to provide strategies for overcoming such cultural barriers.
The book offers insights into China and knowledge that you could not find by watching news channels or searching the internet. It discusses the important aspects of the intricate inner workings of the Chinese mindset and clarifies areas that are often perceived to be vague or confusing. It provides guidance on practical matters such as:
how to ensure spoken communications are being interpreted accurately
understanding the importance of “face” (mianzi), and giving and receiving mianzi appropriately
networking effectively among the Chinese
understanding Chinese work cultures, identifying the real Chinese decision-makers, improving negotiations, and gaining the best out of Chinese staff
knowing when a Chinese ‘yes’ actually means ‘yes’, instead of ‘maybe’ or ‘no’
Chinese approaches to the law and contracts, dispute resolution, intellectual property, investment and partnerships
Chinese styles of leadership.
This book follows on from the bestseller, Think Like Chinese, and has extra up-to-date case studies on Chinese businesses and business leaders, as well as a new chapter on Chinese innovation and creativity. It brings a more enhanced understanding of China (and the world at large), and reflects the author’s changing perceptions since the publication of the previous book. While still explaining the unique aspects of how Chinese mind works, the focus is more about stimulating an openness and acceptance of differences, rather than encouraging the meaningless war of “who is right and who is wrong”.
Think More Like Chinese is a must for anyone who wants a better understanding of Chinese culture and how to apply this knowledge in their China dealings, whether doing business with Chinese suppliers or customers, working with a Chinese partner or managing Chinese employees. It is also written for people who are simply fascinated about China, and want to know more about the Chinese people, their history, their current emergence as an economic powerhouse and their increasing significance in the world’s future.