In the past few months, a series of power struggles have rocked Chinese tech companies, including e-commerce company Dangdang, bitcoin mining rig maker Bitmain, and UK chip designer Arm’s Chinese branch.

The disputes at the three companies were over different versions of the same issue: removed company executives trying to regain power. But their approaches varied, as well as the results. Some tried to grab company seals, some tried to restore a key position at a company with the support of the authorities, and some just ignored decisions made by the board.

Bottom line:  The power struggles in the three companies are, at their core, battles between management and shareholders. But some peculiarities of Chinese corporate governance makes it easier for executives to seize control and harder to resolve such standoffs.

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Wei Sheng

Wei Sheng is a Beijing-based reporter covering hardware, smartphone, and telecommunications, along with regulations and policies related to the China tech scene. Before joining TechNode, he wrote about...