"It's better to be the head of a rooster than the tail of a dragon."
That might sound a little obscure, but think of it as a bit of Chinese wisdom, akin to "staying on top of things."
It's also the theme of a lecture by Marshall Meyer, University of Pennsylvania professor of management and sociology. He'll be delivering his talk, A Tale of Two (or More) Chinas, at the Sun Valley Center in Ketchum, Thursday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m., and it will be a study of expectations.
China's entrepreneurial environment has evolved under political, social and economic circumstances that are unfamiliar to most Americans. Meyer—who is the Tsai Wan-Tsai professor of management and sociology at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania—will discuss how the strategies and tactics of doing business in China are different from those practiced in the United States, drawing from his experience as a business consultant and scholar of Chinese business practices.
A specialist in Chinese management, measurement of organizational performance, and organizational dynamics and design, Meyer has also held numerous academic positions at Cornell, Harvard, Yale, the University of California, Los Angeles, and several institutions in Asia.
This lecture is more than dry shoptalk, though. Meyer's address is a warning as thinly veiled as its title: With China's rapid growth in business and political spheres, it's better to acquaint yourself with it now than later.