Creating an import network China to Finland
Toijanen, Jarkko (2016)
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This thesis is about the creation of a network of imports from China to Finland. The theoretical part deals with trade relations between Finland and China. The aim is to create a picture of the different characteristics of Chinese business culture. The empirical part is done in project form, here I have a job to create an import network from China to Finland and for this purpose, have created the TJ-Tech Company. I combine theoretical and empirical background research when finding out the basic principles of the Chinese import. I gained the empirical background for the study while I carried out an internship in Shenzhen, China, at a company called Genford Ltd, in 2012. The company specializes in consulting services and is managed by Mika Tavast, he is a Finnish businessman who has worked in China for more than 10 years, and also serves as the chairman of the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Guangdong Province in southern China. He greatly contributed to the fact that I was able to create the import network and do business in a previously unknown country, without intermediaries. This also seemed to be the most logical option for my thesis topic, something that I had a concrete experience of. Most of the time I worked on mainland China, which was essential to the success of the project. Four trips took place during this time and the longest time spent on site in China was two years. In this thesis, I will describe how the project proceeded and present the outcome. I will also add my own observations, based on the issues raised. I learned a great deal of practical things during the trip and received advice from foreign entrepreneurial residents who had worked in China for many years. They shared their invaluable knowledge of how things work and how they should act. Such information may not be found in textbook material or on the Internet. There were also a lot of things, which one had to personally experience, to understand the course of matters.