- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Notes on Contributors
- Foundations of Business Groups: Towards an Integrated Framework
- Business Groups in Historical Perspectives
- Business Groups in Prewar Japan: Historical Formation and Legacy
- Business Networks in Postwar Japan: Whither the <i>Keiretsu</i>?
- Business Groups in South Korea
- Business Groups in Taiwan
- Business Groups in China
- Business Groups in Thailand
- Business Groups in Singapore
- Business Groups in India
- Business Groups in Argentina
- Business Groups in Brazil
- Business Groups in Chile
- Business Groups in Mexico
- Business Groups in Israel
- Business Groups in Turkey
- Business Groups in Russia
- Business Groups in South Africa
- Business Groups in Emerging Markets: Paragons or Parasites?
- The Riddle of the Great Pyramids
- Economic Institutions and the Boundaries of Business Groups
- Business Groups and the State: The Politics of Expansion, Restructuring, and Collapse
- Corporate Governance of Business Groups
- The Kin and the Professional: Top Leadership in Family Business Groups
- Diversification Strategy and Business Groups
- Capability Building in Business Groups
- Technological Innovation and Business Groups
Abstract and Keywords
Apart from some incidence in the early twentieth century, modern-style business groups emerged in China in the mid-1980s as a consequence of the reform and restructuring of state-owned enterprises, which aimed at increasing economies of scale and specialization. Since their early emergence, a substantial number of Chinese business groups have succeeded in becoming major players in the world economy, and the Chinese government has played an important role in the formation and development of these business groups. This article provides a descriptive analysis of the business groups in China, extending and updating the recent literature. It discusses a basic profile and history of these business groups. It also focuses on the role of the state in the emergence of these groups. Finally, it discusses the problems of ownership structure and agency costs in these business groups, and deals with their business structure and diversification.
Keun Lee, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Young -Sam Kang is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Economics, Seoul National University, South Korea. His research interests include economic development and business economics. He has published in journals such as the Seoul Journal of Economics and Area Studies Review.
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