Managing China’s Millennials: Considerations for Multinationals
By Morris A. Shapero
Morris A. Shapero went with a colleague and twenty-five students on a three week study and research trip to explore Chinese culture and observe how managers from multinational corporations with a Western-style of management interact and adapt to their Chinese workforce in Beijing and Shanghai.
Discussions with managers showed that although some cultural values, such as the relevance of relationships, are still important tools of leadership, other values such as modesty and deference to the group have undergone great change in China. This change is due to young, highly educated Chinese managers entering today’s workforce in multinational corporations. It seems that the introduction and enforcement of the one child policy in 1978 has created the backbone of Millennials (i.e. those born between 1982 and 2000) in China today.
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