Dr. John Psarouthakis
On the Power Distance dimension-Confucian Ethics
This is a short summary of a report of research conducted by
JP Management Center, LLC.
Chinese society is seen by the Chinese as composed of people who are inherently unequal in rank and standing, and differences in rank are signaled and reinforced by the style of the interaction between the parties involved. As a visiting foreign business professional, you will be respected and shown deference, and in turn you will be expected to show deference and formality, especially in your relationships with Chinese who are superior in rank to you within their own organizations.