Case | HBS Case Collection | November 2006 (Revised April 2013)

China: 'To Get Rich is Glorious'

by Richard H.K. Vietor and Julia Galef


In 1978, Deng Xiaoping assumed the leadership of an impoverished China, after Mao Zedong's disastrous Cultural Revolution. During the next 17 years, Deng applied pragmatic policies to liberalize the Chinese economy gradually while maintaining the power of the Communist state. In hindsight, this strategy was among the most successful development strategies ever. Reviews Chinese political history and explores in detail eight parts of Deng's development strategy. Concludes by looking at the problems facing Jiang Zemin in 1997 as he takes control of China for the next leg of economic development.

Keywords: History; Leadership; Privatization; Policy; Macroeconomics; Economic Systems; Development Economics; Government and Politics; Business Strategy; Growth and Development Strategy; China;


Vietor, Richard H.K., and Julia Galef. "China: 'To Get Rich is Glorious'." Harvard Business School Case 707-022, November 2006. (Revised April 2013.)