Lenovo's Global Gambit

The Chinese PC maker owns its local market. Now it just needs a little outside recognition

George He hasn't gotten used to working with Americans. The chief technology officer of PC maker Lenovo has had to deal with a lot of them since the Chinese company acquired the computer-manufacturing business of U.S. giant IBM last year. On his monthly jaunts to Lenovo's new global headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., He, 43, complains there "aren't so many good Chinese restaurants." But he finds the cocktail parties that precede business dinners even harder to endure.

"We stand there and talk to each other," He says in disbelief. "That's just not our style, the Chinese people." He struggles through the chitchat about...

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