Because of China’s socialist government and culture, their human resource ethic is commonly undermined and thought to be non-existent.
“Since the founding of New China in 1949, and especially since the reform and opening-up policies were introduced in the late 1970s, the Chinese government, upholding the idea of putting people first, has actively implemented the principle of respecting labor, knowledge, talent, and creativity, and has adopted a series of policies and measures to boost employment and develop education, science and technology, culture, public health and social security, striving to create a favorable environment and condition for the people’s all-round development.” (China’s Information Office of the State Council, 2010)
It is no secret that China has the largest population of approximately 195 countries in the modern world. Yet, China has a long history of worker abuse and inhumanity. Usually when an individual thinks of the working class in China, they think of modern day slaves that are made to work for low wages and long hours in a hot, uncomfortable, and overcrowded workplace. American companies such as Apple and Wal-Mart are infamous for utilizing foreign sweatshops for manufacturing their products. Nonetheless, human resources cultural professionals and enthusiasts like Geert Hofstede have presented theories and models which summarize the differences in business culture from country to country.
“According to Hofstede, cultures differ in at least five different ways that may have important implications for understanding business. The five dimensions are: individualism versus collectivism, power distance, avoidance of uncertainty, masculinity, and long term versus short term orientation.” (Ivancevich & Konopaske, 2013)
Concerning power distance, the Chinese people believe that inequality is acceptable. They hold a strong belief in social groups and look down upon lower class individuals who are ambitious. The belief is...