The Oxford Handbook of Business Groups

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Business groups - large, diversified, often family-controlled organizations with pyramidal ownership structure, such as the Japanese zaibatsu, the Korean chaebol and the grupos economicos in Latin America - have played a significant role in national economic growth, especially in emerging economies. Earlier variants can also be found in the trading companies, often set up in Britain, which operated in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Business groups are often criticized as premodern forms of economic organization, and occasionally as symptomatic of corrupt 'crony capitalism', but many have shown remarkable resilience, navigating and adjusting to economic and political turbulence, international competition, and technological change.

This Handbook provides a comprehensive analysis of business groups around the world. It examines the adaptive and competitive capabilities of business groups, and their evolutionary dynamics. 16 individual country chapters deal with business groups from Asia to Africa, the Middle East to Latin America, while overarching chapters consider the historical and theoretical context of business groups. With contributions from leading experts, The Oxford Handbook of business groups provides a comprehensive, empirically and theoretically rich guide for scholars and policy-makers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199552863
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2010
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Asli M. Colpan is Associate Professor and Mizuho Securities Chair in Strategy and International Business at the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor of the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies at Colombia University. Her research interests include corporate strategy, corporate governance, and especially the evolution of large enterprises in industrial and emerging economies. Her work has been published in Industrial and Corporate Change, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and Asian Business and Management. Takashi Hikino is Associate Professor of Business and Industrial Organization at the Graduate School of Economics and the Graduate School of Management at Kyoto University. His recent publications include Big Business and Wealth of Nations, Cambridge University Press, 1997 (co-edited with Alfred D. Chandler and Franco Amatori), Competing Policies for Competitiveness: Microeconomic Policies During the Golden Age of Capitalism, Oxford University Press, 1998 (co-edited with Hideaki Miyajima and Takeo Kikkawa), and The Global Chemical Industry in the Age of the Petrochemical Revolution, Cambridge University Press, 2006 (co-edited with Louis Galambos and Vera Zamagni). James R. Lincoln is Mitsubishi Professor of International Business and Finance in the Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. His primary research interests include organizational design and innovation, Japanese management, and inter-organizational networks. He is the author of Culture, Control and Commitment: A Study of Work Organization and Work Attitudes in the U.S. and Japan, (with Arne L. Kalleberg), Cambridge University Press, 1990, and Japan's Network Economy: Structure, Persistence and Change, Cambridge University Press, 2004 (with Michael L. Gerlach).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables


Notes on Contributors

1 Introduction James R. Lincoln Lincoln, James R. 1


2 Foundations of Business Groups: Towards an Integrated Framework Takashi Hikino Hikino, Takashi 15

3 Business Groups in Historical Perspectives Asli M. Colpan Colpan, Asli M. 67


Group 1 Asia

4 Business Groups in Prewar Japan: Historical Formation and Legacy Shinya Kawamoto Kawamoto, Shinya 97

5 Business Networks in Postwar Japan: Whither the Kevetsu? Masahiro Shimoiani Shimoiani, Masahiro 127

6 Business Groups in South Korea Hichfon Kim Kim, Hichfon 157

7 Business Groups in Taiwan Ishiiaq P. Mahmood Mahmood, Ishiiaq P. 180

8 Business Groups in China Young-Sam Kang Kang, Young-Sam 210

9 Business Groups in Thailand Akira Suehiro Suehiro, Akira 237

10 Business Groups in Singapore Toru Yoshikawa Yoshikawa, Toru 267

11 Business Groups in India Jayati Sarkar Sarkar, Jayati 294

Group 2 Latin America

12 Business Groups in Argentina Juan Quiroga Quiroga, Juan 325

13 Business Groups in Brazil Fernando A. S. Postali Postali, Fernando A. S. 353

14 Business Groups in Chile Fernando Lefort Lefort, Fernando 387

15 Business Groups in Mexico Taeko Hoshino Hoshino, Taeko 424

Group 3 The Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Africa

16 Business Groups in Israel Yishay Yafeh Yafeh, Yishay 459

17 Business Groups in Turkey Asli M. Colpan Colpan, Asli M. 486

18 Business Groups in Russia Sergei Guriev Guriev, Sergei 526

19 Business Groups in South Africa Andrea Goldstein Goldstein, Andrea 547


20 Business Groups in Emerging Markets: Paragons or Parasites? Yishay Yafeh Yafeh, Yishay 575

21 The Riddle of the Great Pyramids Randall Morck Morck, Randall 602

22 Economic Institutions and the Boundaries of Business Groups Richard N. Langlois Langlois, Richard N. 629

23 Business Groups and the State: The Politics of Expansion, Restructuring, and Collapse Ben Ross Schneider Schneider, Ben Ross 650

24 Corporate Governance of Business Groups Robert E. Hoskisson Hoskisson, Robert E. 670

25 The Kin and the Professional: Top Leadership in Family Business Groups Behlul Usdiken Usdiken, Behlul 696

26 Diversification Strategy and Business Groups Xufei Ma Ma, Xufei 717

27 Capability Building in Business Groups Mauro F. Guilien Guilien, Mauro F. 743

28 Technological Innovation and Business Groups Asli M. Colpan Colpan, Asli M. 763

Index 783

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