Title: Unlocking the Emperor’s Door
Subtitle: Success, Tradition & Innovation in China
Author: Christopher Sheedy
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey, 2020
Summary: Journalist Christopher Sheedy was invited to China to profile Li Jinyuan, Chairman and founder of the multinational company, Tiens Group. Sheedy had no background understanding of China and the way Chinese businesses run. His innocence in this regard serves the purpose of the book: Chairman Li wanted an outsider to learn how the Chinese think about business to learn how to do business with the Chinese.
Comments: When you understand why the Chinese think about things a certain way because of their rituals and culture, those things become clear. Where I’m based, in Australia, we’re facing an ideological conflict with China. There’s even talk of war. For every Australian journalist and politician, Unlocking the Emperor’s Door should be compulsory reading. Why? If it was, these leaders and thinkers would understand the importance the Chinese place on saving face. If this lesson was the only one you took from this book, you’d be a step ahead of most Westerners in understanding China and how the Chinese do business. If you’d like your business to enter the Chinese market, or you’ll deal with Chinese companies, read the Emperor’s Door to give
Author Daniel G. Taylor
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