Relationship Management in Chinese Culture: Guanxi (关系)

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Relationship Management in Chinese Culture: Guanxi (关系)
Gordon Lu, Consultant, Canada, Moderator
The Chinese are acclaimed to be the masters of building Guanxi (关系) (it means "connections" or "relationships" in Chinese), sometimes by ourselves, unfortunately there is an obvious misunderstanding of the concept in Chinese culture and society.

As its Pinyin is becoming more popular in English language instead of any other translations such as "relationships" or "connections", we can see how widely and fiercely Guanxi is expanding its cultural, social and (mostly) commercial implications and influences beyond its Chinese cultural territory.

The core concept of Guanxi in Chinese is "a personal connection between two people or a group of people (a network) in which one is able to prevail upon another to perform a favor or service, or be prevailed upon."

As an art of social relationship, Guanxi has generally formed the basis of Chinese social value structure. When it goes to the business reign, unfortunately, it often violates bureaucratic ...Sign up

Relationship Management in Chinese Culture: Renging (人情)
stanford, Student (MBA), South Africa, Member
Renging (人情) is another interesting relationship concept in Chinese culture. It is the obligation to return a favour to a (busin...Sign up

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Jaap de Jonge, CEO, Netherlands, Editor
Another interesting idea related to relationship management us that of miànzi (面子) (it means "face" in Chinese). Miànzi means social sta...Sign up

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Jasleen Kaur, Manager, India, Premium Member
China/Taiwan/Hong Kong have an age old tradition of burning paper money, as well as mock up versions of mansions, cars, luxury bags, etc. It is a ritu...Sign up


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