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LinkedIn, others face challenges against China ‘guanxi’

California-based LinkedIn has 200 million worldwide users, but only 1 per cent of that come from China. Photo: AP

Professional social networking websites such as LinkedIn trying to tap into China’s vast business world are finding a formidable domestic foe – the ingrained system of personal connections known as guanxi.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Cultural understanding

Cultural differences can be a major source of confusion and frustration for expatriates living in Hong Kong, or those who regularly travel to the mainland for business. Attending classes to learn more about Chinese culture can help alleviate the misunderstandings that occur or help establish important business relationships.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Myths behind domestic banking in China

Born in Shanghai, Eddie Wang spent his childhood in Taiwan and, at the age of 12, came to Hong Kong where he finished his middle school and university studies. His Shanghainese father, a tailor, always impressed on him the need to excel, and in those days, excellence meant only one thing: working for The Bank - the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Women often the downfall of corrupt officials

Corruption on the mainland may come in many shapes and sizes, but the country's most horrendously dishonest officials have much in common, the Procuratorial Daily reported yesterday.

13 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

A streetsmart guide to China

The one-size-fits-all approach to doing business in the mainland can be a disaster in a country as diverse as Europe where laws and attitudes are changing rapidly

With China's economy booming, everyone wants a piece of the action. But, as many investors are finding out, not everyone comes out on top. In fact, many have virtually lost their shirts.

5 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Company has Internet licence

I refer to the article by Philip Cunningham headlined, 'Poet's arrest a great leap backwards' (South China Morning Post, August 29).

While pleased to be called a 'business savvy producer', and to have our 'talented editor' Kaiser Kuo singled out for mention, I would like to respond to inaccuracies regarding our company,

21 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

About 'guanxi, face and connections'

Dr Robert Chung said the public should look at his claims from a sociological perspective, telling the inquiry he did not intend to make allegations against anyone in his column, published in the South China Morning Post on July 7.

11 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Managing in the mainland

See the big picture: Be aware the mainland is not a uniform, integrated market. The market for lower-priced consumer goods may be large, but for higher-priced products it may be similar in size to smaller European countries.

30 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Mainlanders simply too thin-skinned

In response to the article headlined 'Mainlanders describe daily humiliation' (South China Morning Post, September 7), I would like to offer some thoughts.

Regarding the immigrant who shied away from further job-hunting because she had been rejected twice previously, I wish to say that being so thin-skinned in any social environment would be considered too faint-hearted.

13 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Connect the dots - don't dote on connections

Is guanxi (connections) all it is cracked up to be? First, Pearl Oriental Holdings and now, it seems, Robert Chua's China entertainment TV channel have found it is perhaps not.

Both set store by their mainland connections and both have now come unstuck at the hands of mainland investors - with both threatening recourse in the courts.

6 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Corruption or just traditional guanxi?

IT was inevitable that corruption should have been a major theme of the conference on business ethics held earlier this week in Hong Kong. Ethics, after all, are the chains that hold us back from the slippery slope of law breaking.

6 May 1994 - 12:00am

Accepting bribes

PERHAPS the most worrying fact to emerge from the Independent Commission Against Corruption's study into the way 50 Hongkong firms deal with the problem of giving ''gifts'' across the border is not its extent but its acceptance.

Out of 50 companies with mainland interests, 35 admitted they paid money regularly and it accounted for up to five per cent of annual operating costs.

25 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Taking a proper gander at PR

THE invitations had been sent out. The conference room at Capital Mansions was prepared with microphones and speakers. All the top members of the board were present, and the journalists had dutifully arrived with their cameras and notebooks.

4 Apr 1993 - 12:00am