Recently, management scholars have paid increasingly attention to Chinese management phenomena and Chinese management stories. Most indigenous scholars have clarified the basic problems about indigenous management research, including research object, research principle, and research method diagram. However, we still feel confused about what good Chinese management stories are and how to discover and tell such stories. In response to these problems, we collect and examine “Chinese management stories” published in indigenous and international journals to discuss how to frame good research based on Chinese practices. Through collecting, reviewing and analyzing representative Chinese management stories（as shown in table 1）, the following three questions are discussed in depth:（1）What are the criteria of evaluating wonderful Chinese management stories such as significance, novelty, curiosity, rooted in Chinese culture and establishing a foothold in China society?（2）How could we better propose important and valuable research questions, including finding research questions within the Chinese management practice context, participating in relevant theoretical dialogues through identifying theoretical gaps or inappropriate underlying premises, and deepening research questions through tracing the traditional Chinese culture（e.g., Confucianism or Taoism）?（3）How could we choose appropriate research methods and conduct valid operation to improve research quality? For example, scholars should properly match different research methods（i.e., qualitative research method, quantitative research method, and mixed research method）with various research questions, select appropriate samples and procedures, and conduct precise measurement and operationalization to promote the quality of research designs. Our work could provide indigenous scholars with vivid cases to better understand what good Chinese management stories are, and also offer them practical directions to develop and frame outstanding Chinese management stories. We hope that our analysis of these research cases could inspire scholars to focus on Chinese management phenomena and shed light on the way Chinese scholars study indigenous problems.
Telling Chinese Stories: Management Scholars’ Responsibilities and Action Orientations
Foreign Economics & Management Vol. 42, Issue 08, pp. 36 - 49 (2020) DOI:10.16538/j.cnki.fem.20200630.101
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Liu Jun, Zhu Zheng, Li Zengxin. Telling Chinese Stories: Management Scholars’ Responsibilities and Action Orientations[J]. Foreign Economics & Management, 2020, 42(8): 36-49.
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