Leadership and working life in Chinese businesses located in Denmark

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Titel: Leadership and working life in Chinese businesses located in Denmark
A literature review and a suggestion of how to study the issue
Forfatter: Westenholz, Ann
Resume: Very little research – if any – has been done to find out what happens to leadership and working live when Chinese companies settle in Denmark. This paper argues that it is worth investigating this topic, as I assume that the numbers of Chinese companies locating themselves in Denmark will increase in the coming years. The aim of the paper is firstly to give an overview of the literature that deals with the development of Chinese companies going abroad, and it is shown that the direct outward investments of China is experiencing a rapid growth. Secondly I like to look at leadership and working lives in China, and the lesson learned from the literature is that leadership and working life in China is diverse and continuously evolving. But some trends may be identified like different institutional regimes and different types of companies. Thirdly I look at leadership and working life in Denmark, and I compare leadership and working life in the two countries showing that there are many differences. These differences may have an impact on the way Chinese companies handle their encounters with ‘strangers’ when they establish themselves abroad, but we do not know if this is happening. I conclude by outlining a way of how to empirically study the interaction between Chinese and Danish managers and employees working together in a Chinese company in Denmark.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8645
Dato: 2013-01-30
Note: Paper presented at the 30th International Labour Process Conference, Stockholm University, Sweden, 27.-29. March 2012.

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