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  • Paul Ross
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Abstract

The most consequential relationship that a foreign employee working in a Chinese company is likely to have is with a direct supervisor. With an eye towards ensuring that the relationship between employee and supervisor is a positive one, this chapter endeavors to present the supervisor’s view of the world and give the foreign employee an appreciation for the supervisor’s motivations, concerns, and expectations. It also addresses the basic and very practical issue of how the foreign employee should approach the Chinese boss and take first critical steps on the road to building a relationship that is satisfactory and mutually beneficial.

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  • Paul Ross
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  1. 1.Boynton BeachUSA

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