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Business Networks in East Asian Capitalisms - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081006399, 9780081006559

Business Networks in East Asian Capitalisms

1st Edition

Enduring Trends, Emerging Patterns

Authors: Jane Nolan Chris Rowley Malcolm Warner
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081006399
eBook ISBN: 9780081006559
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 13th September 2016
Page Count: 382
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Business Networks in East Asian Capitalisms: Enduring Trends, Emerging Patterns builds on the foundational studies conducted in the 1990s by gathering contemporary empirical and theoretical chapters which explore these themes in a comparative perspective.

The book includes contributions from authors working on the relationship between personal and business networks in countries including China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand.

Authors emphasize enduring trends in social and business networks and/or track new emerging patterns, both within East Asian nations or between East Asia and other regions such as Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

Key Features

  • Provides contemporary, up-to-date empirical material and theoretical interpretation, charting the influence of more recent globalizing trends and institutional change in the region
  • Includes studies of networks within PRC, between PRC and other regions, and in Chinese communities
  • Offers studies centered on Korean, Japanese, and South East Asian Networks
  • Includes a geographical scope that will be broader than other books, aiming to include studies of newly developing economies in South East Asia that share a common cultural heritage (e.g Vietnam)


Post-graduate students, researchers and university lecturers with interests in international business and development in East and South East Asia. Moreover, the theoretical focus of the book on networks means that it should also appeal to academic readers with interests in economic sociology and globalization. Given the significance of East Asia in the global economic order, the book will also have the potential to tap a broader general readership including managers working in the region and specialist policy advisors

Table of Contents

  • Contributor Biographies
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Endorsements
  • Chapter 1: Key Debates in Business Networks in East Asian Capitalisms: An Introduction
    • Abstract
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Defining Business Networks
    • 1.3 Defining East Asian Capitalisms
    • 1.4 Structure of the Book and Contributions to the Volume
    • 1.5 Conclusions
  • Chapter 2: The Historical Development of East Asian Business Networks: Trade, Colonialism, and the State
    • Abstract
    • 2.1 History, Nation States, and the International Economy
    • 2.2 Business Networks and the International Economy: 1820–1950
    • 2.3 Asian Business Networks: 1820–1950
    • 2.4 The New International Economic Order: 1950–80
    • 2.5 Globalization, the State, and Business Networks
  • Part 1: Business Networks in China and Hong Kong
    • Chapter 3: Bank of China International in Hong Kong: Social Status and Network Access
      • Abstract
      • 3.1 Impact of Financial Reform on the Social Status of Banks
      • 3.2 Theoretical Lens on Social Status and Networks
      • 3.3 Chief Executive Officers of BOCI
      • 3.4 CEOs’ Social Status in the CCP
      • 3.5 Conclusions
    • Chapter 4: Business to Government Networks in Resource Acquisition: The Case of Chinese Private Enterprises
      • Abstract
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Literature Review
      • 4.3 Method and Data
      • 4.4 Results and Discussion
      • 4.5 Conclusion
      • Appendix: List of Interviewees Cited in Text
    • Chapter 5: Business Networks and the Emergence of Guanxi Capitalism in China: The Role of the ‘Invisible Hand’
      • Abstract
      • 5.1 Introduction
      • 5.2 Chinese Business History
      • 5.3 Attitudes Toward Business
      • 5.4 Confucian Ethics
      • 5.5 Five Classified Relationships (Wulun)
      • 5.6 Conceptualisation of Guanxi
      • 5.7 Differential Mode of Association (Chaxugeju)
      • 5.8 The Future Role of Guanxi in Business
      • 5.9 Central Managed Capitalism
      • 5.10 Network of Guanxi Circles
      • 5.11 Conceptual Framework: Guanxi Capitalism Structure
      • 5.12 Conclusion
      • Appendix
    • Chapter 6: The Networking Strategies of the Jebsens and Chinese Merchants in the Late 19th and the Early 20th Centuries
      • Abstract
      • 6.1 Introduction
      • 6.2 Formal and Informal Networks: Mechanisms and Limits
      • 6.3 Informal Networks: The Jebsens
      • 6.4 Institutionalising Semiformal Associations of Chinese Merchants
      • 6.5 Conclusion
  • Part 2: Business Networks in Japan and Korea
    • Chapter 7: Business Networks in Japan: The Impact of Exposure to Overseas Markets
      • Abstract
      • 7.1 Introduction
      • 7.2 Contexts: The Development of Japanese Capitalism
      • 7.3 The Role of Institutions
      • 7.4 Business Networks in Japan: Enduring Trends
      • 7.5 Business Networks in Japan: Emerging Patterns
      • 7.6 Conclusions: Implications for Future Research
    • Chapter 8: Can Informal Networks Positively Influence Economic Growth and Development? The Case of South Korean Yongo Networks
      • Abstract
      • 8.1 Introduction
      • 8.2 Theoretical Anchorage
      • 8.3 Discussion
      • 8.4 Conclusion
  • Part 3: Business Networks in South East Asia
    • Chapter 9: Chinese Capitalisms in Southeast Asia: Diverging Institutional Legacies of Southeast Asian Chinese Business Communities
      • Abstract
      • 9.1 Introduction
      • 9.2 An Historical Institutional Approach to Ethnic Chinese Businesses
      • 9.3 Ethnic Chinese Entrepreneurs Venturing into China
      • 9.4 Chinese Legacies: A Comparative Analysis
      • 9.5 Conclusions
    • Chapter 10: Business Networks in Thailand: Import Substitution, Export Oriented, and Expansion in AEC
      • Abstract
      • Acknowledgement
      • 10.1 Introduction
      • 10.2 Literature Review
      • 10.3 Evolution of Business Networks in Thailand
      • 10.4 Government Investment Policy and Other Relevant Business Laws
      • 10.5 Anticorruption Movement
      • 10.6 Conclusion
    • Chapter 11: Business Networks and Varieties of Capitalism in Thailand: Adding the Context of History, Political Structures, and Social and Cultural Values
      • Abstract
      • 11.1 Introduction
      • 11.2 Locating and Analyzing VOC
      • 11.3 VOC Framework
      • 11.4 Criticisms of VOC
      • 11.5 Application of the Framework
      • 11.6 Discussion
      • 11.7 Conclusion
    • Chapter 12: Social Capital and the Social Context of Business Networks: The Case of Thailand
      • Abstract
      • 12.1 Introduction
      • 12.2 Social Capital
      • 12.3 Thailand’s Social Context for the Creation, Utilisation and Maintenance of Social Capital
      • 12.4 Thailand’s Social Capital: Where to Now?
      • 12.5 Conclusion
    • Chapter 13: Business Networks in Myanmar: Kjei zu, Corrosion and Reform
      • Abstract
      • 13.1 Introduction
      • 13.2 Understanding Business Networks in Myanmar
      • 13.3 Organizational Implications: From the Inside
      • 13.4 Interorganizational Illustrations
      • 13.5 Emerging Change
    • Chapter 14: The Network-Based Economy in Vietnam: Business Networks in Context and Over Time
      • Abstract
      • 14.1 Introduction
      • 14.2 Political-Economic Background
      • 14.3 Socio-Cultural Background
      • 14.4 Crony Capitalism or Network-Based Economy
      • 14.5 Corruption and Network-Based Economy
      • 14.6 Conclusion
    • Chapter 15: Conclusion: Making Sense of Enduring Trends and Emerging Patterns in Business Networks in East Asian Capitalisms
      • Abstract
      • 15.1 Social Capital
      • 15.2 Culture
      • 15.3 Informality
      • 15.4 Multiplexity
      • 15.5 Historically Embedded Power Relations and the Role of International Markets
      • 15.6 Conclusions: Enduring Trends and Emerging Patterns
  • Index


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About the Authors

Jane Nolan

Jane Nolan was formerly a Senior Research Fellow at Magdalene College Cambridge and a lecturer at the University of Leicester. She has research interests in international human resource management, gender and diversity management, and globalization and institutional change. Her research has been funded by the ESRC and the Nuffield Foundation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Fellow, Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK

Chris Rowley

Professor Chris Rowley has affiliations at IHCR, Korea University, Korea and IBAS, Griffith University, Australia as well as IAPS, Nottingham University, UK and Cass Business School, City University, London, UK and has been a Korea Foundation Research Fellow. He is Editor of the journals Asia Pacific Business Review and Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management and also Series Editor of the Working in Asia and Asian Studies book series. He has given a range of talks and lectures to universities and companies internationally, with research and consultancy experience with unions, business and government. He has published widely in the area of Human Resource Management and Asian business, with over 500 articles, books and chapters and practitioner pieces as well as being interviewed and quoted in a range of practitioner reports and magazines, radio and newspapers globally.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professorial Fellow, Institute of Hallyu Convergence Research, Korea University, Korea, Adjunct Professor, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia Visiting Fellow, Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, Nottingham University, UK and Professor, Cass Business School, City University, London, UK

Malcolm Warner

Malcolm Warner is a Professor and Fellow Emeritus, Wolfson College, Cambridge and Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has been the Editor-in-Chief, of the International Encyclopedia of Business and Management [IEBM],and the author/editor of many books and articles on Asia. He is currently Co-Editor of the Asia Pacific Business Review.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Fellow Emeritus, Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK

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