Synopses & Reviews
The story of how Microsoft and China teamed up to create the future of computing will find an ongoing audience among those planning to do business in China, as well as among students and teachers of business, computing, world trade, and international relations.
"The authors have a terrific command of the subject...Fascinating story." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Offers valuable insights into how some of the world's mightiest corporations twist themselves into knots to gain footholds in China... The story has all the elements for a corporate drama." -- Bloomberg.com
"The authors argue persuasively that Microsoft's Beijing Center has played a central role in developing products and served as a model for the company as it expands...Guanxi does show the importance that China has for American high-tech companies." -- Bruce Einhorn, BusinessWeek
"A compelling case study." -- Booklist
"Guanxi is a riveting story of Microsoft's efforts to do research and development in China. It gives you a front row seat on the global war for scientific talent, the future of innovation, and the growing linkages between the U.S. and China...Essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand where the world is headed." -- Jeffrey E. Garten, Juan Trippe Professor of International Trade and Finance, Yale School of Management
"Tells the fascinating story of an improbable global marriage. The story turns ugly when a competitor named Google appears on the scene. Can this marriage be saved?" -- William Greider, author of The Soul of Capitalism and Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country
"The world may be flattening but it remains culturally diverse. Buderi and Huang show that in a flattening world, it is crucial to remain conscious of the power of history. A highly readable and very informative book." -- David Baltimore, Nobel Laureate, President of the California Institute of Technology
"The inside story of how Microsoft's research lab in China went from idea to launch to great success. Buderi's and Huang's chronicle holds important lessons for those who want to win in China." -- Nathan Myhrvold, former chief technology officer of Microsoft; current CEO, Intellectual Ventures
"A fascinating inside look at Microsoft Research Asia, at its history, its personalities, its culture and its ambitions. A must read for anyone who is interested in the explosive developments when modern technology meets with a civilization that is at once the oldest and the youngest in human history."
-- Chen Ning Yang, Nobel Laureate, Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University and Tsinghua University
About the Author
Robert Buderi, a Fellow in MIT's Center for International Studies, is the author of two acclaimed books, Engines of Tomorrow, about corporate innovation, and The Invention That Changed the World, about a secret lab at MIT in World War II. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Gregory T. Huang is a features editor at New Scientist and holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. His writing has appeared in Nature, Wired, Technology Review, and other publications. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Mysterious Journey to China of the World's Richest Man, and Other Stories
1 Beast from the East (November 8-11, 2004)
2 The Bell Labs of China (Fall 1997-November 1998)
3 From Beijing to Bill G. (November 1998-October 1999)
4 Microsoft's Chinese Heart (November 1999-August 2000)
5 Ya-Qin Dynasty (August 2000-July 2001)
6 The Great Wall and Other Microsoft Creations (October 2001-January 2004)
7 Microsoft Made in China (November 2002-November 2004)
8 The Curious Inventions of Jian Wang (September 1999-June 2005)
9 Search War (March 2003-March 2005)
10 The Further Adventures of One-Handed Jordan and Mr. Magneto (March-May 2005)
11 Battle Over Kai-Fu Lee (August 2000-September 2005)
12 How to Make It in China (Summer and Fall 2005)
Epilogue: "Congratulations, We Survived!"
A Note on Sources