Conclusion and Directions for Future Research

  • Rubens Pauluzzo
  • Bin Shen
Part of the International Series in Advanced Management Studies book series (ISAMS)


In the previous chapters, we provided a conceptual framework, as well as practical examples, of the relationship between national culture, cultural distance, and managerial issues in China. By showing the links between studies on culture and international management with a rigorous mixed methods approach, our analysis shed light on how academic discourses of cultural, ethnic, or national categorizations traverse management issues of foreign SMEs in China. This chapter presents some concluding remarks, together with the main contributions to theory, practice, and policy-makers. The study confirmed that local cultural characteristics, values, beliefs, and behavioral patterns affect foreign SMEs’ management processes in China. Our analysis is useful to improve SEMs’ strategies for enhancing adaptive capabilities and performance in complex, distant, and multifaceted settings, such as the Chinese market. Our findings also support the identification of policies and measures to promote international growth and competitiveness of SMEs and local systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and StatisticsUniversity of UdineUdineItaly
  2. 2.Glorious Sun School of Business and ManagementDonghua UniversityShanghaiChina

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