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China by Stuart Strother

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CHAPTER 9

Staffing and Employment

The previous chapters described challenges of setting up a company in China and sourcing from China. Once your firm is set up, the next big challenge is staffing. The big dilemma is deciding on the best mixture of expatriates and local hires. This chapter begins with a description of different models of staffing relevant to foreign operations. Next, the chapter describes the process of hiring expat and local employees and the related legal obligations of a firm operating in China. A uniquely Chinese “family style” management system is then introduced. Finally, I offer advice on securing employment in China.

Staffing Models

The international management literature describes a number of different approaches to ...

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