A Case Study of Port Development in China
Organisation and Strategy: Case Studies in their Context
Chapter 7: Relationship management – creating a relational framework
YICT’s management consciously set out to develop its relational frame- work with governmental and regulatory authorities through what it called ‘relationship management’. It concentrated its efforts on three areas. The first was with the Chinese partner (effectively the Shenzhen SEZ government) to create a good working relationship. The second was with Chinese government ministries in an effort to secure timely approval for port development and expansion. The third area concerned the management of relationships with the governmental regulatory authorities operating in the port. This was aimed at producing an efficient service for the port’s customers. In each of these areas, YICT management orchestrated a programme of developing the company’s external relationships in a continuing effort to learn about, adapt to, and influence its specific environment. This was an intentional activity on the part of managers which serves to demonstrate that a relational framework does not simply emerge by chance. During the course of the company’s evolution, its managers learned that they had to handle the institutional constraints they faced in a proactive manner which required the fostering of appropriate relationships. At the time when they were first confronted with these constraints, they struggled and tried to achieve results through a common sense approach. A more systematic approach, involving conscious relationship management, evolved only as a result of repeated learning and review. It is commonly recognized among those concerned with joint ventures based in China that managing relationships or ‘guanxi’ is a critical success factor.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.