We write to share our experience in conducting human resource (HR) due diligence for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activities in China. Our experiences are gleaned from years of exposure to and personal encounters in conducting HR due diligence in China. As overseas Chinese, we have done plenty, seen a great deal, and have learned not to be presumptuous working with the Chinese and in China.

In a highly complex, and complicated, business environment where intense M&A discussions and effective negotiations take place across different time zones and cultures, intentions are often unseen, left unspoken or tacitly misunderstood. M&A and human resource management practitioners, management consultants, embarking and/ or working on M&A related ...

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