Definition of guanxi in English:

guanxi

noun

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

    • ‘Li was well known for his cordial guanxi with the Chinese communist government.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The third section focuses on organizational behavior in Chinese firms, probing issues from guanxi to teamwork.’
    • ‘Guanxi usage is sometimes elevated from an individual to an organizational level.’

Origin

Mandarin, literally connection.

Pronunciation:

guanxi

/ɡwanˈCHē/