Asian Business Networks

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The economies of East and Southeast Asia continue to exhibit the world's fastest growth rates. This rapid expansion is served by the various business networks that dominate the economic landscape. Few scholars have examined these networks and fewer yet have compared and contrasted the striking regional differences found among them. The studies in this volume are among the first to offer a comparative viewpoint. The contributing authors are specialists from Asia and the United States, who examine business networks in Japan, South Korea and the Chinese dominated economies of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. An interdisciplinary approach is adopted, the economic issues are considered in their sociological, organizational and political contexts.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Business Groups and Economic Development 1
Pt. 1 Chinese Business Networks: A Comparative View 7
Chinese Entrepreneurs and Business Trust 13
Weak Organizations and Strong Linkages: Managerial Ideology and Chinese Family Business Networks 27
The Organizational Foundations of Western and Chinese Commerce: A Historical and Comparative Analysis 43
"Personal Trust" in the Large Businesses in Taiwan: A Traditional Foundation for Contemporary Economic Activities 61
The Role of Personal Networks in the Making of Taiwan's Guanxiqiye (Related Enterprises) 71
Business Groups in a Dynamic Environment: Hong Kong 1976-1986 87
Ethnicity, Polity, and Economy: A Case Study of the Mandarin Trade and the Chinese Connection 115
Centripetal Authority, Differentiated Networks: The Social Organization of Chinese Firms in Singapore 133
State Capitalism, Multinational Corporations, and Chinese Entrepreneurship in Singapore 157
Pt. 2 Business Networks in Japan and South Korea 171
Intercorporate Relations in Japan 177
Types and Characteristics of Interlocking Directorates in Japan 187
Practical and Theoretical Aspects of Japanese Business Networks 201
The Industrial Organization and Growth of the Korean Chaebol: Integrating Development and Organizational Theories 231
Industrial Policy and Organizational Efficiency: The Korean Chaebol Examined 253
Pt. 3 Conclusion 281
The Theoretical Significance of Asian Business Networks 283
Glossary of Chinese Terms 299
List of Contributors 301
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