2013 MBAA/NAMS presentation, "Being Chinese: A Reflective Study of Foreign Multinational Corporations' Sustainable Development and Global Talent Programs in China. Maria Lai-Ling Lam, Malone University
Being Chinese: A Reflective Study of Foreign Multinational Corporations’ Sustainable Development andGlobal Talent Programs in China Maria Lai-ling Lam (Ph.D.) North American Management Society Conference, February 28, 2013
ObjectivesTo advocate the idea of human flourishing in the study of multinational corporations’ sustainable development and global talent development programs in China.To invite global researchers to examine the complex social realities in China through creative research methods.
Preparations, Approaches, and Practices 1. Personal reflections as an American Chinese citizen 2. Twenty years of research work in China 3. Seven years of research about corporate social responsibility of foreign multinational enterprises in various cities in China 4. Many professional conferences about global talents and corporate social responsibility in China. 5. Extensive literature review
Institutional Context• The Chinese government initiated Corporate Social Responsibility Movement and Global Talent Programs• Emerging market economy in China• Fragmented Chinese government authorities
Foreign Multinational Enterprises’ (MNEs’) Sustainable Development Programs in China• Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programs mirror and supplement institutional requirements.• Four exemplars out of 30 MNEs are committed because of moral consciousness of their leaders.• CSR or sustainability is related to spirituality development of leaders.
Foreign MNEs’ Global Talent Programs in China • Economic efficiency, political legitimacy, competitiveness, national interests “While many corporations are actively seeking to leverage the opportunities created by more open, facilitative global business and technology environment, the reality is that they may many difficulty challenges in creating a fully integrated talent structure that can work effectively across boarders and cultures. (The Levine Institute, 2005:79)
Insights• Need to respect human dignity in China• Global talents, not only technological innovations but also social innovations• Different measure of success of sustainable development and global talents programs• Embrace multiple stakeholders’ perspectives
Conclusion• Need creative research methods to address the humanistic element and the evolution process of many corporations• Examine human flourishing in the sustainable development and global talent movement in China