Meaning of guanxi in English:


Pronunciation /ɡwanˈʃiː/


mass noun
  • (in China) the system of social networks and influential relationships which facilitate business and other dealings.

    ‘The third section focuses on organizational behavior in Chinese firms, probing issues from guanxi to teamwork.’
    • ‘Li was well known for his cordial guanxi with the Chinese communist government.’
    • ‘Guanxi usage is sometimes elevated from an individual to an organizational level.’
    • ‘That was indeed my main argument: lack of common sense can kill any business, with or without guanxi.’
    • ‘Those with powerful guanxi are those who prosper in the region.’


Mandarin, literally ‘connection’.