China is here too stay, in corporate life, writes China hand Janet Carmosky in Forbes. But between the China hands and that corporate life there is a huge disconnect, that needs to be repaired, she argues. China hands are used as painkillers, not as part of a long term strategy.
My theory of China Business Competency for American business: given that business with China is in our lives, not going away, and getting harder to deal with, one would think business people with China skills would be valued players on the strategy team.
What I see instead: a pattern of using China Business Problem Solvers (Painkillers), while keeping long term strategy as a separate process, and wishing fervently that China could just be easier…
Human resources department, corporate leaders, the way through this is to build an interface that connects China and HQ. A safe, non-polarized interface that taps best thinking on both sides. [Andrew] Hupert wants to train your teams to have that interface. And I guess, so do I. So do a lot of of other people with China experience. Let’s get rid of the Mob Wife, the Ugly American, and the Old China Hand. – the whole Figure Eight. Long live something more effective: a pretzel populated with New China Hands.
At the China Weekly Hangout in November, Janet Carmosky, Greg Anderson and Fons Tuinstra discussed how China is dealing with innovation.
- Dealing with China is getting tougher, not easier – Janet Carmosky (chinaspeakersbureau.info)
- Uyghur: very little impact on US agenda – Howard French (chinaherald.net)
- Old hands take over finance regulators – Wei Gu (chinaspeakersbureau.info)
- No dramatic changes ahead – Zhang Lijia (chinaherald.net)