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date: 17 June 2019

(p. v) Acknowledgements

(p. v) Acknowledgements

We wish to express our gratitude to the many individuals and organizations that helped bring this book to fruition. First and foremost, we are deeply indebted to Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd., whose generous contribution to the Graduate School of Management at Kyoto University provided the financing that carried the project from the earliest planning stages to the preparation and publication of this volume. Mizuho's support of a highly academic enterprise demonstrates the company's enlightened recognition of the value of international business scholarship.

Other institutional debts are to Kyoto University's Graduate School of Management and Doshisha University's Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness for their support of the international conference in the fall of 2007, which initially brought the contributors to the volume together in a stimulating exchange of ideas and perspectives. That conference provided the foundation on which this book has since been built.

Although we lack space here to acknowledge the many individuals who contributed to the substantive work of the volume, we do wish to give explicit recognition to Kazuhiro Asakawa, Mason Carpenter, Michael Carney, Will Mitchell, Keetie Sluyterman, and Hugh Whittaker.

We are truly grateful for the able assistance supplied by the team of editorial professionals at Oxford University Press who oversaw the compilation, editing, production, and marketing of the volume. We particularly thank the leader of that team and our partner at OUP, David Musson, the Business and Management Editor, for his decision to take on the project, his skill and diligence in coordinating its many facets, and his patient and thoughtful encouragement along the way. His commitment and support were absolutely critical to this book becoming a reality.

Others on the OUP team who deserve mention include Matthew Derbyshire and Emma Lambert, Assistant Commissioning Editors at OUP, and Abigail Coulson and Carol Bestley, Production Editors, who led us through the many logistical complexities of the publication process. Hilary Walford deserves special credit and appreciation for her professional handling of the challenging task of copy editing the individual chapters. Rendering smooth, readable, and stylistically consistent the prose of authors whose first language was in many cases not English and whose topics spanned a good deal of regional, institutional, and disciplinary esoterica was no small feat.

(p. vi) Finally, we wish to express our gratitude to the many scholars from all over the world who contributed chapters to the volume. Their patient, careful, and timely responses to our critical comments and requests for changes made our job as editors much more pleasant and manageable. We thank them all for their participation in the project, and their contributions to the Handbook, which we hope will prove to be a useful contribution to the scholarly understanding of business groups.

Asli M. Colpan

Takashi Hikino

James R. Lincoln