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New Book: Leadership in Chinese Private Enterprises

Anne S. Tsui, Yingying Zhang, and Xiao-Ping Chen

Palgrave Studies in Chinese Management, 2017

Brief Descriptions

This original book presents in-depth research into thirteen successful Chinese private enterprises in four industries through interviews with their founder-entrepreneurs. While research on Chinese economic growth has focused primarily on governmental policies and institutional factors, Leadership of Chinese Private Enterprises proposes that the rise and success of the private economy was primarily due to the ‘visible hands’ of the founder-entrepreneurs. Through a critical evaluation of interviews, this book identifies the managerial recipe for entrepreneurial success in competitive and inhospitable environments and offers a concentric model of private firm leadership attributes and principles that guide their strategies and relationships.


Anne S. Tsui is the founding President of the International Association for Chinese Management Research, the 67th President of Academy of Management, and currently at the University of Notre Dame, Peking University and Fudan University. 

Yingying Zhang is Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy at CUNEF, Spain, where she is also Director of the Centre for Knowledge and Innovation.

Xiao-Ping Chen is Philip M. Condit Endowed Chair Professor at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington, US. She is Editor-in-Chief for Management Insights.


The entrepreneurs have been the major driving force for China's economic success of the part three and half decades. This book provides both vivid stories and analytical conception of how the top private industrial leaders of China have survived and thrived in a legally unfriendly business environment."
– Weiying Zhang, Sinar Mas Chair Professor of Economics, Peking University, China

In this truly outstanding book, the authors offer a managerial narrative of the rise of China’s private sector, and rich and rare panoply of insightful interviews with leaders of major Chinese corporations. We see a new generation of leaders, with the vision necessary to establish Chinese private corporations at the cutting edge of technological change and organizational performance.
– Victor Nee, Frank and Rosa Rhodes Professor of Sociology, Cornell University, USA

This book provides a unique insight into China’s star private firms, which have achieved remarkable success under often adverse conditions. It highlights the role in that success of their leaders’ ability to reflect, to learn and adapt. This book offers extremely important lessons for all who are practicing and studying leadership.
– John Child, Chair of Commerce, University of Birmingham, UK

This book promises to be inspirational by its fascinating stories of legendary Chinese private business leaders attesting the tremendous transformative power of the Chinese entrepreneurial spirit. This book will be a great source of insight for practicing Chinese leadership as well as for scholarship and research.
– Chao C. Chen, Professor of Management and Global Business, Rutgers University, USA

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