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Management in China : the Lafarge experience

Seminar / Training - Management in China : the Lafarge experience
Seminar / Training

By : Ecole de Paris du Management

Date : 2009

Location : France / Paris

PDF 16p
Description :

Should foreign companies which invest in China adopt the Chinese way of management and '*guanxi*', the networks of contacts, it relies on, or should they (and can they) adopt Western management methods ?

Keywords :

international management, management in china, Chinese management, Western management methods,guanxi, chinese bureaucracy

Keywords inside documents :

lafarge ,management ,paris ,chinese ,chine ,china ,chinois ,école ,people ,pouvoir ,france ,entreprise ,company ,culture ,power ,groupe ,group ,employees ,personnes ,ecole

Should foreign companies which invest in China adopt the Chinese way of management and '*guanxi*', the networks of contacts, it relies on, or should they (and can they) adopt Western management methods ?

 

The way in which Chinese staff reacted to the method of management which Lafarge introduced in China highlights this question. The Lafarge style of management by a system is deemed to be more humane than traditional management by people, which is seen to be synonymous with favouritism.

 

The concept is that power is fair and nurturing, that it cannot be challenged and it listens to people's opinions, all of which can be found in Chinese culture. Nevertheless, in China, Lafarge has been unable to make its method of managing disagreements by open discussion acceptable. Lafarge's experience shows that global companies should neither imitate local management methods nor export their own.

 

They should carefully develop management practices which are in keeping with their own principles and simultaneously with the culture of the host country.

 

The document is a report of the speaker presentation and the Q&A Session.

 

About speakers:

 

Philippe d’ IRIBARNE

Engineering graduate (École des Mines). He is a research director at the CNRS. He created and runs the Gestion & Société workgroup. His publications include La logique de l'honneur (pub. Seuil, 1989), Cultures et mondialisation (pub. Seuil, 1998), Le Tiers-Monde qui réussit (pub. Odile Jacob, 2003), L'étrangeté française (pub. Seuil, 2006), Penser la diversité du monde (pub. Seuil, 2009) and L'épreuve des différences. L'expérience d'une entreprise mondiale (Seuil, 2009).

 

Christian HERRAULT

Engineering graduate (École des Mines). Having worked for several years in public administration and at the INRA (Institut national de la recherche agronomique), he joined Lafarge in 1985 and has had various operational positions both in France and abroad. He has been a member of the group's executive committee since 1998, having been in charge of the company's organisational and human resources divisions. Today, he is in charge of the gypsum division.



Presentation from Philippe d’IRIBARNE and Christian HERRAULT

followed by Q&A session.

Compte-rendu du séminaire sur "Gérer en Chine, entre guanxi et bureaucratie céleste"

Company Description : Le rapport inclut un compte-rendu de la présentation et de la session de Questions/Réponses. (8 pages). French version

Product Type : Conference Summary

Author : Sylvie CHEVRIER

PDF 8p

Languages : French

Report from "Management in China : the Lafarge experience" seminar

Company Description : The document is a report of the speakers presentations and the Q&A Session. (8pages). English version

Product Type : Conference Summary

Author : Sylvie CHEVRIER

PDF 8p

Languages : English

Organizer : Ecole de Paris du Management

The École de Paris du management was created in 1993. Under its auspices, researchers and professionals talk about subjects which open the way for discussion ensuring a high quality of oral and written work. Although short-term concerns are the basis for these exchanges, the approach adopted reflects long-term issues. These include helping change the views which researchers, participants and public opinion have of the way in which private and public affairs are conducted