Case 16: A Cross-cultural Conference in the Mozambique Confucius Institute

  • Christian Martin Boness
  • Naiming Wei
Part of the Palgrave Studies in African Leadership book series (PSAL)


The newly founded Confucius Institute in Maputo, Mozambique, hosts a series of intercultural events and conferences on Chinese-African cooperation. The first conference deals with cultural biases and stereotypes in Chinese-African organisations. Two prominent researchers are invited to speak about their research. Dr Mei is a Chinese researcher who has conducted field studies in a Chinese-owned corporation in Mozambique. In clear but polite terms, she explains the positive and negative judgements of Chinese management towards Mozambican workers. Likewise, her Congolese colleague Prof. Mareleta presents his results of the views of Congolese workers in Chinese-African organisational joint ventures. The audience of business people and government officials from China and Mozambique is invited to discuss the issues publicly, but it appears to be challenging for them to discuss background information on cultural concepts and propose appropriate solutions to the multiple issues addressed. The conference concludes with recommendations for Chinese-African cooperation.


Chinese and African cross-cultural perspectives Cultural stereotypes Future cooperation Confucian ethics Ubuntu 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Martin Boness
    • 1
  • Naiming Wei
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ManagementRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Business AdministrationUniversity of Applied ScienceNurembergGermany

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