Revised and updated, this popular book adds a real-life dimension to courses in international business and management. It's designed for instructors who want to go beyond the facts and figures in standard textbooks, and helps students learn how to interact with people in different cultures in the global business environment. The book begins with a description of the key role of experiential learning in the classroom, along with a brief overview of key concepts in international business. The main part of the text consists of 25 hands-on experiential exercises, 7 projects, and 5 mini case studies - all designed for in-class use. This edition features updated data and information in many of the exercises, projects, and cases, and includes 5 completely new exercises and cases. For the first time, the author has identified the exercises that work particularly well with students in off-site locations. An Online Instructors Manual is available for adopters.
This book reports the findings of two field studies conducted between 1993 and 2001 in seven townships and six provinces in China. The authors describe the process of rural urbanization and its related economic, social, and political changes by focusing mainly on the zhen (town), in addition to administrative offices and companies involved in the local economy, and village committees. The authors show that the social changes resulting from China's economic reforms are occurring mainly from below, and that this process is also resulting in a weakening of the economic and political dominance of the central government. Other changes discussed in this study include the development of new ownership structures and the increasing dominance of the private sector; a shift in the functions of administrative offices as the bureaucracy becomes increasingly business oriented; the rise of a new local elite; a rebirth of traditional social structures (clans, local associations); and the emergence of new interest groups and institutions to represent their needs.