This volume, first published in 1995, looks at the development of Chinese business and management practices across Asia from the late nineteenth century. Experts examine how familism and informal networks have contributed to Chinese entrepreneurial success. They demonstrate how effective these factors have been in overcoming restrictive state policies: through alliances with ethnic and international traders and connections between financial networks in Hong Kong, South East Asia, China and Australia. An institutional model of analysis is developed to determine the efficacy of Chinese business practices and structures. The relationship between culture and environment is examined as well as how modern institutions are embedded not only in culture but also in history and economics.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Chinese Business in an Institutional and Historical Perspective Rajeswary Ampalavanar Brown 2. Securing Trust and Stability: Chinese Finance in the Late Nineteenth Century Andrea McElderry 3. Perspectives on the Development of Accounting and China’s Economic Transformation from the Late Ming to the Early Republic Robert Gardella 4. The Control of Equity in Chinese Firms within the Modern Sector from the Late Qing to the Early Republic David Faure 5. The Origins and Early Years of the Wing On Company Group in Australia, Fiji, Hong Kong and Shanghai: Organisation and Strategy of a New Enterprise Wellington K.K. Chan 6. Competition Among Brothers: The Kin Tye Lung Company and its Associate Companies Choi Chi-Cheung 7. Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurship and the Chinese State: The Case of South China, 1900-49 Leo Douw 8. Business Networks, Cultural Values and the State in Hong Kong and Singapore Wong Siu-Lun 9. Chinese Business Networks and Japanese Capital in South East Asia, 1880-1940: Some Preliminary Observations Peter Post 10. Sources of Ethnic Advantage: A Comparison of Chinese and Pribumi-Managed Engineering Firms in Indonesia Okke Braadbaart 11. Chinese Business Families in the Philippines Since the 1890s Ellen H. Palanca 12. Chinese Family-Owned Multinationals in the Philippines and the Internationalisation Process Daniel Van Den Bulcke and Zhang Hai-Yan
Rajeswary Ampalavanar Brown