This book is the result of the cooperation of many people. First, we wish to thank the 40 talented and adventurous China entrepreneurs from 25 countries or territories who so generously shared with us their experiences and hard-learned lessons. Their sole motivation in taking the time to share their insights with us was to help other entrepreneurs be successful in China’s vast and vibrant, but maddeningly confusing, business environment. (See pages xx–xxv for a listing of all the interviewees in China Entrepreneur.)
We also wish to thank the three expertswho offered additional advice for this book, drawn fromtheir years of working in China.
In addition,we are grateful to the nine country representatives whose insightful comments on the key issues facing business managers in China are presented in the appendix to this book.
Finally, we thank the team of researchers who helped us with the interviews: Ms. Linda Song (Song Dongmei), Ms. Cheng Yiting, and Ms. Luyi Bo. We also express our sincere appreciation to the administrators and our colleagues at the China Europe International Business School for their support during the researching and writing of this book.Without CEIBS, neither our first book—China CEO—nor China Entrepreneur would have been born.
We also wish to thank all those who helped us to make contact with foreign entrepreneurs in China. Finally, we want to add special thanks to Robyn Flemming and Janis Soo for their excellent work.