Cultural differences between China and America: Perspectives from an outsourced employee

America is a country with a strong consciousness concerning independence. IT engineers from America often seem to work independently, without relying heavily on others for direction or guidance, while many IT engineers from China take a more collaborative approach to projects.

Subjective Initiative in the Agile Software Industry

Subjective initiative is a common term in China that refers to a person’s willingness to take charge or be compelled to take action without having to be asked. A person will often recognize the positive that can come from a situation, or how they may be helpful, and proceed with assisting to better the situation independently of someone else asking them to do so. This term can be applied to one’s personal life, as well as the choices they make at work.