10 books You Should Read Before Doing Business in China

China has stood forward in these recent years as one of the largest economies in the world. The country has attracted lots of investors and international students. But before you head there to be a part of the dynamic transformation, here are some eye-opening books that anyone should read to understand the “Emerging Dragon from the East”.

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#1 The Hundred-Year Marathon

The author -- Michael Pillsbury is the director of the Hudson Institute and has served in presidential administrations from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama. The Hundred-Year Marathon is based on interviews with Chinese defectors and newly declassified, previously undisclosed national security documents that reveals China’s secret strategy of taking the place as the world’s dominant power, and they have a plan to do so by 2049, at the 100th anniversary of the founding of People’s Republic. This book offers an insight of how the Chinese truly view America and its leaders. The Hundred-Year Marathon is a wake-up call and a documentation of a great power taking its place.

#2 China’s Asian Dream

Napoleon once remarked China as, "a sleeping lion. Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world." In 2014, President Xi Jinping triumphantly declared the lion had awakened. Under his leadership, China is pursuing a dream to restore its historical position as the dominant power in Asia. The New Silk Road, also known as The Belt and Road Initiative has been taking place by funding and building roads, railways, ports and power lines across Eurasia and through the South China Sea and Indian Ocean. China not only aims to draw its neighbors even tighter into its embrace, but will also change the outlook of Asia’s economy. This book will offer a fresh perspective and answers many questions regarding the Belt and Road Initiative.

#3 The Chinese Way in Business

Suitable for people who are new to the Chinese market, this book teaches the basics of Chinese philosophy in doing business and how to develop strong relationships with Chinese business people. It is a comprehensive guide for readers who wants to understand the evolution of Chinese mindset, and the culture of Guanxi, which is an important element in business dealings. This book comes with useful glossary terms designed for quick referencing, and it is the ideal book as an introduction to the Chinese market.

#4 The One Hour China Book

Written by two professors from Peking University with over 30 years of experience in the emerging market of China, this one-hour book simplifies what you need to know about doing business in China in a simple yet elegant way. The book includes an analysis of business trends in China’s growth, including manufacturing scale, rising middle class, high investment into education and R&D. This book will allow you to understand business and economic goals for the world’s largest consumer population; and the importance of B2B market to develop close relationships at the highest level in business and government. It also shares what is needed to conduct business align with the Chinese government policy.

#5 Innovation Management: Systemic Framework & China’s Exploration

The book talks about the competitive advantage that lies in embracing innovation as a core value and managing it effectively. Innovation Management provides a comprehensive overview of innovation theory and a framework for implementation, intended for business school students of Innovation Management, managers, and practitioners alike. In this new text, authors Jin Chen and Gang Zheng examine innovation from the perspectives of strategy, internal processes, resource management, and organizational culture. Numerous case studies, illustrating both successes and failures in innovation, include Tesla, P&G, Apple, Uber, Google, NVIDIA, Haier Group, Motorola, and Nokia.

#6 Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built

The book includes exclusive interview of Duncan Clark and the key people of Alibaba. The book shares about the rise of the private sector and the expansion of Internet usage—that have powered China’s rise to become the world’s second largest economy and largest Internet population, twice the size of the United States. Jack Ma also explores the political and social context for these momentous changes. An expert insider with unrivaled connections, Clark has a deep understanding of Chinese business mindset. He illuminates an unlikely corporate titan as never before, and examines the key role his company has played in transforming China while increasing its power and presence worldwide.

#7 Fortune Makers

The books talk about “The China Way” of how China’s great companies have use capitalism to transform the economy. The book focus on companies such as Alibaba Group, Geely, Haier, Huawei, Lenovo Group, Vanke Group and Xiaomi. Check out the book to read about the traits of leaders that transform the country.

#8 China’s Super Consumers: What 1 Billion Customers Want

Have you ever imagined what it is like to sell to a crowd of 1.3 billion consumers? In China, you can sell almost everything as there are consumers for every spending class. From the cheapest knockoffs to the most expensive couture goods; China has it all. China's Super Consumers is a book that shares to you the buying behavior of consumers in China. This book contains real life stories of foreign and domestic brands and top executives that have achieve in selling in the China marketplace. This book contains prepares you to face the modern consumers of one of the largest populations in the world.

#9 Sun Tzu: The Art of War for Managers; 50 Strategic Rules

Sun Tzu's Art of War is a study compiled more than two thousand years ago. It is perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world today especially in the field of business. Reading this translation will not only help you to understand how to manage an organization, but also reveal the secrets to succeed in the China market. In this book, you will learn the strategies of how to stay ahead of the game, how to compete in a dynamic business environment, and how to retreat when needed.

#10 AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

A best seller on Amazon, this book reveals the how China has taken astonishing great measures in their technology of Artificial Intelligence. The author, Kai-fu Lee – one of the world’s most respected experts on AI and China urges US and China to both accept and to embrace the great responsibility that comes with the great technology power. While most experts say that AI will affect blue-collar jobs, Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will affect white-collar jobs as well. This book provides description of which jobs will be affected by AI and which jobs will benefit from it. This book prepares entrepreneurs who wants to venture into China to start their business, or develop their careers in the dynamic environment of China.

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