• Dr Mike Berrell WadeMatheson Singapore
  • Dr Jeff Wrathall Higher Education, William Angliss Institute
Keywords: China, international joint ventures, management education, knowledge transfer, international management


This study of transferring management and business knowledge in China tapped the views of 43 expert management educators who had participated in the transfer of management knowledge in China from the mid-1990s to the present time. It briefly traces the development of management education in China following the implementation of the 1978 Open Door Policy, demonstrates the impact of China’s national culture on knowledge transfer, identifies success factors in the process, and exposes the noncomparability of culture-specific approaches to managing people and organizations. We argue that the management values, attitudes, and practices of Chinese managers are diverging from those in the West, which has significant implications for the curriculum and pedagogy employed in the delivery of management education. Understanding the basis for this divergence will benefit expat and local manager alike as they negotiate their managerial roles in cross-border organizations like IJVs.

Author Biography

Dr Jeff Wrathall, Higher Education, William Angliss Institute

Dr Jeff Wrathall is a Program Director in the Faculty of Education at the Willian Angliss Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He has held management positions at Monash University in Melbourne and was a visiting professor at the Wuhan Iron and Steel University in China in the early 1990s. Jeff has published articles in the fields of Chinese management education, cross-cultural management, human resource management, and international business. He is also a co-author of the books Managing in the Age of Globalization (Renmin University Press) and Events Management: Theory and Practice (McGraw-Hill).


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How to Cite
Berrell, M., & Jerr Wrathall. (2021). TRANSFERRING MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE IN CHINA. Journal of Management and Business Education, 4(3), 289-321.