Advertisement

Living to Work

  • Paul Ross
Chapter

Abstract

This chapter complements the previous chapter that described the roles foreign employees play in realizing a Chinese company’s international aspirations by supplementing an experiential dimension to the elements already introduced. In this context, ‘experience’ refers to the working conditions and unique challenges foreign employees face once they have joined a Chinese company, but is defined broadly enough to encompass the very first encounter that a foreign employee, or potential employee, may have with a Chinese company and the initial impressions formed from that encounter.

References

  1. Bernard, Zoe, “Jeff Bezos’ Advice to Amazon Employees Is to Stop Aiming for Work-Life ‘Balance’—Here’s What You Should Strive for Instead,” Business Insider, January 9, 2019.Google Scholar
  2. Bjorklund, E.M., “The ‘Danwei’: Socio-Spatial Characteristics of Work Units in China’s Urban Society”, Economic Geography, Vol. 62, No. 1, January 1986, pages 19–29.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. “Danwei People Become Citizens”, Economist, September 4, 2003.Google Scholar
  4. Gorfinkel, L., Performing the Chinese Nation: The Politics of Identity in China Central Television’s Music-Entertainment Programs (PhD), University of Technology, Sydney. Referenced in Stanley, Phiona, 2011.Google Scholar
  5. Gorfinkel and Chubb (Gorfinkel, L., and Chubb, A. [2012, March 2–3] Foreigners Performing the Chinese Nation: Between Cosmopolitanism and a Superior Chinese Culture). Paper presented at the Television, Power, and Ideology in Postsocialist China Conference, Australian National University, Canberra. Referenced in Stanley, Phiona, 2012, page 13.Google Scholar
  6. Gudian, “Gongzuo he shenghuo xuyao pingheng ma?” sina.com.cn, June 4, 2013, http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_4b09eac00102espj.html.
  7. He, Amy, “Chinese Companies in US Urged to Learn Employment Laws”, China Daily USA, September 18, 2014.Google Scholar
  8. Hruby, Denise, “Young Chinese Are Sick of Working Long Hours”, BBC, May 8, 2018.Google Scholar
  9. Joseph, Divya Ann, Working in a Chinese Company—A Foreigner’s View Point (blog post), June 16, 2018.Google Scholar
  10. Kopp, Rochelle, The Rice Paper Ceiling: Breaking Through the Japanese Corporate Culture, Stone Bridge Press, Berkeley, CA, 1994.Google Scholar
  11. Miller, Nicole, “Your Company Is Not Your Family,” Fast Company, March 15, 2019.Google Scholar
  12. Phadke, Mithila, “Chinese Workers Do This Thing at Work That Indian Offices Would Never Tolerate”, Economic Times, August 5, 2018, //economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/65274492.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst.
  13. Stanley, Phiona, A Critical Ethnology of Westerners Teaching English in China: Shanghaied in Shanghai, Routledge, London and New York, 2013.Google Scholar
  14. Waldmeir, Patti, “China’s Young Warm to the West’s Work Life Balance,” Financial Times, March 6, 2012.Google Scholar
  15. Wang, Dan, Freeman, Susan, and Zhu, Cherrie Jiuhua, “Personality Traits and Cross-Cultural Competence of Chinese Expatriate Managers: A Socio-Analytic and Institutional Perspective,” International Human Resources Management, April 29, 2013, pages 3812–3830.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Yu, Xi, “From East to West: A Phenomenological Study of Mainland Chinese Expatriates’ International Adjustment Experiences in the U.S. Workplace”, dissertation University of Minnesota, March 2016.Google Scholar
  17. Zhang, Michelle, “WeChat Blurs Work and Life in China”, Medium|Technology, April 6, 2018.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Ross
    • 1
  1. 1.Boynton BeachUSA

Personalised recommendations