Case Study: China Myths, China Facts

Pham Phuong California Southern University
                                                    MGT 87500

August 15, 2015

Dr. Hoon

Case Study: China Myths, China Facts


Business culture of different country is unlike. Chinese business culture is unique, but not in all the ways outsiders tend to assume. To identify the most common myths, the research uncovered three principal myths, perpetuated informally through stereotypes and formally through management-training programs (Kreitner & Kinicki, 2013).

The first myth: Collectivism, Reality: Individualism. (Meyer & Yi Shen, 2010). China’s pop culture is booming and within it sits an array of counter-culture stars and trends, from tattoo parlors to non-conformist lyrics of singers like Jay Chou. But that doesn’t mean Chinese society is embracing American individualism. Self-expression is not equal to independence of thought.  Unlike American society, Chinese society never celebrated the liberation of individual potential.  The basic productive unit of society remains the clan, not the individual. The pursuit of happiness is an adolescent fantasy, best forsaken by the time the pressure of marriage, mortgage, mother-in-law, and auto ownership come into play (Tom Doctoroff , 2012). In China, we are so eager to move ahead. Westerners often feel our style is pushy and aggressive. Decisions are often made in groups, and the Chinese are highly skilled at working in teams (Kreitner & Kinicki, 2013).
The second myth: Long-term deliberation, Reality: Real-time reaction. Chinese society is not in the throes of an existential crisis. Instead, it is on the threshold of reclaiming values that have always set it apart. The Cultural Revolution did not purge traditional values of the sanctity of family and nation; societal harmony is still a noble goal; anti-individualism is still pervasive; fulfillment of mandate still defines success rather...