The retention of Chinese managers: The Chinese puzzle box

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Tian, X., Harvey, M., & Slocum, J. W. (2014). The retention of Chinese managers: The Chinese puzzle box. Organizational Dynamics, 43(1), 44-52.

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Chinese Puzzle Box: a box that can only be opened through some obscure or complicated series of manipulations. Some puzzle boxes may require only a simple squeeze in the right spot, whereas others may require the subtle movement of several small parts, to open the box.

Once entering an emerging market like China, foreign multinational enterprises (hereafter MNEs) are confronted with fierce competition almost in every key functional area, including marketing, production and supply chains, finance, human resources and information technology. Yet there is one area where many Western managers do not anticipate facing keen competition and that is in the area of staffing positions.

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