1st Edition

Handbook of East Asian Entrepreneurship

Edited By Tony Fu-Lai Yu, Ho-Don Yan Copyright 2015
    468 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    468 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    With the shift of the global economic gravity toward emerging economies and the roaring economic growth of the past three decades in China, East Asian catching-up growth strategies have profound implications for latecomer economies. While there are many handbooks on entrepreneurship in general, there is no reference on East Asian entrepreneurship. This is the first of its kinds in the market.

    The volume provides a useful reference for those who want to know East Asian entrepreneurship and business systems. It also provides many excellent cases and illustrations on the growth of entrepreneurial firms and the rise of branded products in East Asia. Policy makers or scholars who are interested in entrepreneurship, small and medium sized enterprises, Asian business systems, international business, innovation and technology management, economic development, strategic management and East Asian studies would benefit from this volume.

    The volume contains two parts. The first part is the key concepts associate with entrepreneurship and East Asian firm growth and transformation. The second part presents cases of entrepreneurial firms and their founders in East Asia, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. With the handbook, scholars, students and policy makers can grab some basic ideas how entrepreneurs and firms in East Asia compete and survive in the world market and understand why and how East Asia economies can emerge as one of the most dynamic regions in the world.

    Part I concepts: relating to Entrepreneurship:

    • Guanxi
    • Catching-up strategies
    • Types of entrepreneurship
    • Business System
    • Strategic Management
    • Leadership

    Part II cases cover variedly from manufacturing to services industries, and specifically including traditional and newly corporations ranging from toys, convenient stores, fast fashion, high-tech, to catering and service.

    Written by experts in their respective areas, Handbook of East Asia entrepreneurship is an excellent review of theories, policies and empirical evidences on important topics in Entrepreneurship in East Asian economic development. The book is both a superb teaching tool and a valuable handbook in development economics.

    Part 1 1. The "Flying-Geese" Theory of Catch-up Growth and International Business, Terutomo Ozawa  2. Entrepreneurial Strategies in Asian Latecomer firms: Linkage, leverage and learning, John A. Mathews and Hao Tan  3. Catch-down Innovation, Imitative Entrepreneurship and 'Shanzhai' Production in China, Ming Dong  4. Entrepreneurship and Asian Business Systems, Solee I. Shin  5. Growth Strategies in Early-stage Technology-intensive Firms, Matti Muhos, Tzong-Ru Lee, Shu-Ting Chang and Pekka Kess  6. A Theory of the Ethnically Homogeneous Middleman Group: An institutional alternative to contract law (with Afterword), Janet Tai Landa  7. The Chinese Market Economy and its Effect on Guanxi in the 21st Century, Stephen Grainger  8. Bamboo Network in China: An emerging phenomenon unlike the overseas Chinese, Bing Ren, Kevin Au and Na Shen  9. Paternalism in Chinese Business Systems, Antony Drew, Anton Kriz and Gordon Redding  10. The Internationalization of Ethnic Chinese Family Firms, Michael Carney, Ramzi Fathallah, Eric R. Gedajlovic and Daniel Shapiro  11. Japan’s New Business Incubation Revolution, Kathryn Ibata-Arens  12. Chaebols as South Korean Entrepreneurship, Sung Wook Joh  13. Entrepreneurship of SMEs in South Korea, Hun Joo Park  14. Technology Entrepreneurship in China, Charles E. Eesley and Jian Bai ‘Jamber’ Li  15. Female Entrepreneurship in East Asia, Nerys Fuller-Love  Part 2  16. Toyota and Kiichiro Toyoda: Building a company and a production system based on values, Jeffrey K. Liker  17. Leadership Transition During Intense Industry Change: Japan’s Takara toys, Peter St. Onge  18. The Sony Corporation: Market leadership, innovation failure and the challenges of business reinvention, Richard A. Gershon  19. UNIQLO and Tadashi Yanai, Eugene K. Choi  20. The Seven & i Group, Nobuo Kawabe  21. Absorptive Capacity and the Growth of an Electronic Firm: the case of ASUSTek Computer Inc., Chyong Ling Judy Chen  22.  The Development of Taiwan’s Machine Tool Cluster and Key Entrepreneurs, Liang-Chih Chen  23. Giant Bicycle and King Liu, Mei-Chih Hu and Ching-Yan Wu  24. Terry Gou and Foxconn, Charlie Chiang and Ho-don Yan  25. Chung Ju Young & Hyundai, Myeong-Kee Chung  26. Innovation of the Four Dragons in the Korean Online Game Industry, Jong H. Wi  27. Samsung Electronics and its Growth Strategy, Seung-Joo Lee  28. SM Entertainment and Soo Man Lee, John Lie and Ingyu Oh  29. Capability Accumulation and the Growth Path of Lenovo, Zhongjuan Sun, Wei Xie, Kuanrong Tian, and Yanyu Wang  30. Zong Qinghou and the Wahaha Group, Fangqi Xu and William R. Nash  31. Alibaba Group and Jack Ma, Mark J. Greeven  32. Entrepreneurial Learning and Capabilities Development of a Manufacturing Firm in China: The Case of Haier Group, Diana S. Kwan and Fu Lai Tony Yu  33. The Strategies of Real Estate Companies in Hong Kong: The case of Hongkong Land Holdings Ltd., Jianfu Shen, Adrienne La Grange and Frederik Pretorius  34. Entrepreneurship in Food and Catering Industry: A case study of Maxim’s group, David F.K. Ip and Richard Cheung Lam  35. Entrepreneurship as a Global Coordinator: The Li and Fung Group, Fu Lai Tony Yu and Diana S. Kwan


    Fu-Lai Tony Yu obtained his PhD from the University of New South Wales (ADFA). He has taught at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Monash University (Australia) and Feng Chia University (Taiwan). He is currently Professor of Economics at Hong Kong Shue Yan University. His research interests include entrepreneurship, small and medium-sized enterprises, Austrian economics, governmental economics and Asian business systems.

    Ho-Don Yan is a Professor at the Department of Economics, Feng Chia University, Taiwan. He received his PhD in economics from the State University of New York at Albany. His research fields include open macroeconomics and entrepreneurship.